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April 27, 2013

'I Love My Park' loves volunteers

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Golden Hill State Park in Somerset and the Wilson-Tuscarora State Park will take part in “I love my park day” next Saturday.

Volunteers at state parks and historic sites across the state will help spruce up parkland and beaches, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitat.

This is the second year volunteers will partake in this state celebration. Golden Hill and the Wilson-Tuscarora both participated last year.

“We did really well,” said Renee Campbell of Golden Hill. “We had 75 to 80 volunteers. They did shore cleanup and trails.”

This year there will be a special room dedication in memory of Beverly Rutland by state Sen. George Maziarz. Rutland, who was raised in the lighthouse, died three years ago. The Rutland family is still involved in the park.

Treats and snacks will be provided to the volunteers. Last year, high school students from Newfane and Barker took part while Stedman’s Nursey brought in trees and shrubs for planting.

In Wilson, trails will be cleaned up and flowers planted.

“Last year it worked out very well,” said Susan Diachun of DeVeaux Woods in Niagara Falls.

Diachun worked at Golden Hill last year and intends to do it again this year.

Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy, according to the State Parks.

Volunteer forms are available at www.ptny.org.

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