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Driftwood cleanup scheduled at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is asking for some help to clean the beach. Starting Saturday volunteers are encouraged to come to the park to help clean up garbage and driftwood.

Officials say the cleanup is needed because debris collects on the beach area whenever the river floods and causes a safety hazard to visitors. Olivia Immitt is the Parks’ Program Services Supervisor. She said not everything that washes up is pleasant.

“Anything that floats gets trapped once the river level decreases. So that includes, driftwood but unfortunately, also trash. This cleanup is going to be mostly driftwood but also picking up the trash we see along the beach,” she said.

Immitt said volunteers who help clean will have the benefit of having a cleaner park, but there is another incentive.

“It’s not just cleaning up the beach, it’s also allowing people who participate to take the driftwood home with them. In the past we’ve had a “leave no trace” policy, which we still do have, however, this event makes it a special opportunity for you to be able to take driftwood home with you,”Immitt explained.

Participants must sign a waiver before they start collecting. The clean ups are scheduled to take place every Saturday in July and will start at 9AM and run until noon.

Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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