Land trust hosts cleanups in Rockland, Thomaston April 21-22

Apr 12, 2018
Courtesy of: Georges River Land Trust You never know what you will find by the side of the road.

Rockland — Georges River Land Trust will host a weekend of cleanup activities in honor of the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. Saturday, April 21, at 9 am, in conjunction with Rockland Harbor Trail, the land trust will co-host a cleanup of Rockland’s waterfront. The public is invited to meet at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 9 Water St., and from there proceed to the harbor for the cleanup. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, gloves, boots, buckets, kids and friends. GRLT and the city of Rockland will provide trash bags.

Following Saturday’s cleanup, at 11 a.m., back at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Abigail Barrows, coastal monitoring coordinator with the Marine & Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, will speak about the effects of microplastics in the ocean. Her talk will be followed by a barbecue for all the volunteers, compliments of Wiggins Meat Market, Rockland Dunkin’ Donuts and Rock City Coffee.

The cleanup campaign moves to Thomaston Sunday, April 22. Again, participants are invited to grab their gear and meet in the parking lot of The Feed Store, 155 New County Road (Route 1) at 9 a.m. to clean up along Route 1. The Thomaston cleanup will also include a brief introduction to the invasiveness of microplastics in our environment, and will continue through 11 a.m.

For further information about Saturday’s activities, call Annette Naegel at 594-5166; for Sunday’s program, call Jocelyn Paquette at 323-1890.

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