Volunteers needed for ‘Take Pride in America Day’ at Choctaw Lake

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

Volunteers are needed to take pride in Choctaw Lake and help with several projects on March 2 for the national “Take Pride in America Day.”

“Please join us as a volunteer with our first “Take Pride in America Day” on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Choctaw Lake Recreation Area on the Tombigbee National Forest, National Forests in Mississippi. This will be our first year to host this event,” said Bobby Claybrook, Recreation Program Manager, Tombigbee National Forest.

“We are planning many projects that will help to improve recreation and protect our natural resources. Some of the projects scheduled include installing a Frisbee golf course, installing a tree identification trail, conducting trail maintenance and campground maintenance and generally cleaning up the recreation area in preparation for its season opening. It is our hope that we can make this an annual event that is both fun and productive,” he added.

This volunteer work day is scheduled, March 2, just in time for the beginning of the recreation season at the Choctaw Lake Recreation Area. Volunteers are needed to help complete the projects to help keep Choctaw Lake beautiful and to offer many recreational activities to Choctaw County citizens and visitors. “Take Pride in America Day” also “gives the public an opportunity to volunteer and assist us,” said Claybrook. Registered volunteers will be served lunch and receive a commemorative t-shirt. All volunteers are asked to register by February 8.

Most safety equipment will be provided, but volunteers may bring a pair of heavy duty gloves and any extra water or snacks for themselves or their team.

For more information or to request a volunteer registration form call Bobby Claybrook at 662-285-3264 Ext *816 or email him at rclaybrook@fs.fed.us.

Take Pride in America® is a national partnership program authorized by Congress and administered within the Department of the Interior to promote the appreciation and stewardship of public lands, including parks, forests, historic sites, and schools. Take Pride is active in all fifty states, has partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and features Clint Eastwood as national spokesman. Citizen stewards know and count on Take Pride for the most comprehensive online portal of public lands volunteer opportunities (www.TakePride.gov) and for showcasing the most outstanding public lands stewardship activities through the annual national award ceremony.