Volunteers needed for Earth Day trail and stream cleanup event

Volunteers are needed for an Earth Day celebration this month that includes a trail and stream cleanup along the Razorback Greenway in Fayetteville.

The WILD about Earth Day event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on April 22 at the Marion Orton Recycling Center, 735 North Street.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan will begin the event with an Earth Day Proclamation. After that, volunteers will be issued supplies, given a clean-up location, and instructions about disposing of collected trash and recyclables.

Participants can choose between two groups: the Stream Team, pulling litter and debris from the trailside creeks; or the Trail Crew, cleaning litter along the trails. Stream Team volunteers should wear clothes that can get wet. All participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, and insect repellent. Trash bags and litter grabbers will be supplied by the City of Fayetteville, the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District, and the Washington County Cooperative Extension Office.

Packets of wildflower seeds will be given to volunteers to take home and plant in an effort to help build the local Monarch butterfly habitat.

In the spirit of Earth Day, participants are encouraged to walk or bike to the event. Bicycle parking will be available.

For more information, call Kristina Jones at 479-444-3467.