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MLK Service Day at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

January 21, 2012

Join River Partners, Saturday, January 21, 2012 for our tree planting event.

To see if there is a weather cancellation, call this number Saturday morning: (209) 521-1700 x23

River Partners is calling for volunteers to help kick-off our newest restoration effort at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge, on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Students and community members alike are invited to celebrate Martin Luther King Day through a day of service for the environment.

Students from the Wildlink program will be joining the event.  They are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with other community members on this on this special conservation project.  In addition celebrating MLK Day and the kick-off of a new restoration project, all volunteers will be able to enjoy this beautiful Refuge in the height of waterfowl migration.

Volunteers will install oaks, golden currants, and other native plants, working to restore an important wildlife area along the San Joaquin River and the Pacific Flyway.  These efforts will improve water quality and wildlife habitat for the region and contribute to the largest habitat restoration initiative in California – the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.

If you'd like to join us for the MLK Community Planting Day at the San Joaquin River NWR, please contact us at (530) 894-5401 x 222.

When:
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Where:
San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge, located near Grayson. 
From Modesto, head west on HWY 132 Maze Blvd and cross the San Joaquin River.
Turn left onto River Road.  Go right onto the dirt access road just before the house (you should see a River Partners sign – second right past the canal).  Parking is along the edge of the road.

What You Need:
Work clothes, hat, gloves, shoes, sunscreen, water, and snacks.
Willingness to get dirty and have fun!

To sign-up or for more information, including directions:
Call (530) 894-5401

About River Partners:  River Partners specializes in river and floodplain restoration. Since 1998 it has planted one million native trees, shrubs and plants and initiated restoration on more than 6,4000 acres along California’s major rivers.  Its mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.  www.RiverPartners.org.

About the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge:  The San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses more than 6,500 acres of riparian woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands that host a diversity of wildlife native to California's Central Valley. Established in 1987 under the authority of the Endangered Species and Migratory Bird Conservation Acts, the refuge has also played a major role in the recovery of Aleutian cackling geese.  Within the borders of the San Joaquin NWR is one of California's largest riparian forest restoration projects: 400,000 native trees have been planted across 1,700 acres of river floodplain. This major task was led by River Partners, a non-profit organization committed to restoring riparian habitat for wildlife.