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April 19, 2005

Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994
Dana Loschiavo (609) 984-1423

DEP Sponsors Earth Day Challenge in State Parks and Forests

(05/46) TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is sponsoring the Earth Day Challenge this Saturday, April 23, calling for volunteers and organizations to take part in environmental enhancement projects in New Jersey's state parks and forests.

"This week marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day which is celebrated nationally," said Commissioner Campbell. "You can get involved locally. Whether you clear a trail, plant a tree, or clean up a beach, your involvement on Saturday can make a difference in protecting New Jersey's precious natural resources."

New Jersey's legacy in identifying environmental problems and developing creative solutions is well documented. The DEP began managing natural resources and addressing pollution and contamination issues throughout the state since its inception. The annual celebration of Earth Day began 35 years ago on April 22, 1970, when nearly 20 million people nationwide participated in Earth Day festivities.

Earth Day marks the largest grassroots environmental movement in U.S. history. Citizen involvement on Earth Day has been the impetus for social change ranging from key federal environmental legislation to recycling in homes.

Participants in the DEP Earth Day Challenge are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing for working outdoors. Volunteers should pre-register by calling the local park office.

The Earth Day Challenge is a good opportunity to earn service hours for organizations and scouting groups.

The rain date is Sunday, April 24.

For more information or to participate in the Earth Day Challenge, visit or contact the following parks:

Allaire State Park, Farmingdale (732) 938-2371
Bass River State Forest, New Gretna (609) 296-1114
Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point (609) 884-2159
Cheesequake State Park, Matawan (732) 566-2161
Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park (732) 793-0506
Liberty State Park, Jersey City (201) 915-3409
Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove (856) 358-8616
Ringwood State Park, Ringwood (973) 962-7031
Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon (908) 236-6355
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton (908) 638-8572
Swartswood State Park, Swartswood (973) 383-5230
Voorhees State Park, Glen Gardener (908) 638-6969
Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville (609) 737-0623
Wharton State Forest, Hammonton (609) 561-0024
or (609) 268-0444




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