Remove invasive grapes

Take part in National Public Lands Day and help remove our invasive grapes

The following article is provided by our Brevard Parks and offers a great opportunity to support your local parks. If you would like to get out and support this event, get in touch with the individuals below and let them know.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Riverwalk Targets Invasive Grape Vines for National Public Lands Day

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – On Saturday, Sept. 27, more than 180,000 volunteers, including those at Riverwalk – A Family Park located at 5355 US Hwy 1, in Rockledge, will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They’ll be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.

This year marks the 21st annual National Public Lands Day, an event that brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. Last year more than 170,000 Americans participated at more than 2,000 sites in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.

Brevard County Parks & Recreation employees and public volunteers will be assisting the staff at Riverwalk: A Family Park to help clear out invasive grapevine that is choking out the other plants within the 6.37 acre nature preserve. Volunteers can check in at Riverwalk: A Family Park anytime between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Work gloves, long sleeves and sunscreen are also recommended. A limited number of shears will be available to use, though volunteers are encouraged to bring additional ones if they have them.

Eight federal agencies will participate in NLPD, along with more than 250 state, county, and city partners and a host of nonprofit groups, including the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts of the USA, Student Conservation Association and The Corps Network. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is the event’s national corporate sponsor. The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates National Public Lands Day.

Public Service Announcements about National Public Lands Day can be downloaded from the NPLD Media Center at www.publiclandsday.org/newsroom/psas. The PSAs, featuring Grammy Award winner Cee Lo Green, encourage the public to get involved by lending a hand to America’s lands, and volunteering on September 27th. By using this PSA, you can educate and inform your audience about the important role they can play in protecting and preserving natural areas like Riverwalk: A Family Park.

More information can be found at www.publiclandsday.org or by contacting Riverwalk Nature Center at riverwalk@brevardparks.com or (321) 433-4490.

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