In honor of Earth Day and to improve the natural beauty of the town of Mount Shasta, the surrounding area and national forest, two clean-up events are scheduled for the morning of Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. More volunteers are needed for these community efforts.

In addition to the clean-up events, the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center is hosting an Earth Day Festival at Mount Shasta City Park on Sunday, April 23.

Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta is coordinating “Clean-Up Mt. Shasta” on Earth Day. Individuals and groups of all ages and abilities are invited to participate.

Registration and orientation begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 22 at the Mount Shasta City Park lower lodge. The clean-up finishes at noon. Groups of volunteers will work with a team leader for each clean-up section.

The event is also sponsored by the City of Mount Shasta, the US Forest Service local office, Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce, Extreme Speed Track Events, and Siskiyou Association of Realtors.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Glenn Harvey at 530-925-9287 or glennharvey54@gmail.com; or go to www.facebook.com/CleanandSafeMtShasta.

If you are unable to attend the clean-up but would like to be involved in ongoing efforts, join the Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta Volunteer Group to be trained for clean-up projects and safety efforts in the community and national forest. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/220808035063420.

Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta will be providing educational gatherings and information about littering, property rights, illegal trash-dumping and camping, and reporting protocols to help keep the environment clean.

Castle Crags clean-up

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is sponsoring its 3rd annual clean-up at Castle Crags State Park. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Castle Crags State Park Entrance Station located 10 minutes south of Dunsmuir via the Castella I-5 exit.

The work is limited to light trail work, bushing, litter removal, raking and similar activities. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with maintenance and restoration of trail and interpretive facilities, with a wide variety of hands-on projects to improve the experience of the park to guests.

Lunch and water will be provided. Volunteers are welcome to spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying recreation in the park.

For more information call the Park at 530-235-2684 or MSTA at 530-925-9287.

For both events, volunteers are encouraged to wear durable shoes, long-sleeved pants and shirts, hats and sunglasses and bring gloves, water bottles, and trash-picking tools if desired.

The Castle Crags clean-up will have some tools available. Coffee, tea and muffins will be provided at registration for each event.

This is an opportunity for youth groups, church groups, and other volunteers from the community to come together and join in a worthwhile and earth friendly work day.