Wallowa Resources, along with partners such as (but not limited to) Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and SOLV, are organizing a community clean up of Marr Pond in Enterprise, May 16, as their "Down By the Riverside" event.

People will be gathering all over the state as part of "Take Care of Oregon Days" and "Down By the Riverside" to enhance public places.

Volunteers at Marr Pond will participate in a range of activities including weed identification and pulling, trash pick-up and removal, bird box building and maintenance, natural history interpretation, and exploring the history of Oregon and the site.

Meet at Marr Pond behind the old Grain Growers on Depot St. in Enterprise at 9 a.m. May 16. Parking is very limited so please make an effort to car pool, walk or ride bikes. After a brief introduction, volunteers will break into groups and then get to work. Be sure to bring work gloves, sunscreen and water, and wear work boots and weather-appropriate clothing. Hammers, battery powered drills or weed pullers, are also needed. Some tools, extra work gloves, garbage bags, snacks and water will be provided. SOLV is also providing re-usable canvas grocery bags for volunteers.

The day ends at approximately 12:30 p.m. with a picnic hosted by The Crossing church.

For more information call Sarah Ketchum, 426-8053 x 26.

Another clean-up event, the "Stop the Invasion" event boasted 50 volunteers who gathered at Minam State Park last year to pull weeds. That clean-up will be reprised as "Catch of the Day," 9 a.m. May 16.

Weed Warrior Mark Porter will give a brief talk on weeds and then volunteers will clean from the boat launch to the Minam State Park. A hot dog lunch will be provided by Minam State Park. For more information, call Shawn Dutcher, 432-8855 x 22.

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