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May 27, 2013

River Trail cleanup planned for June 1

PLATTSBURGH — Several efforts are under way to enhance and maintain the City of Plattsburgh’s Saranac River Trail.

The Saranac River Trail Committee volunteers and members of the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club and the Algonquin Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club will host a cleanup on the Saranac River Trail starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1.

Public participation is being encouraged.

People who want to help are asked to gather at the Saranac Street Bridge on the trail at Pine Street or to meet at the parking area at the Webb Island Bridge, at the foot of George Angell Drive, behind Plattsburgh High School.

Some gloves and log-handled pickers will be made available, courtesy of the City’s Department of Public Works, but people may also bring their own tools.

Trash bags will be provided and collected by SUNY Plattsburgh and the City Department of Public Works.

At 2 p.m., People for Positive Action will be hosting a cleanup rake and tree pruning along the Saranac River behind the Farmers and Crafters Market in downtown Plattsburgh.

Looking forward, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.’s Plattsburgh manufacturing facility, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and its Lake Champlain Basin Trees for Tribs program, is actively participating in riparian zone preservation and rehabilitation. 

Fujitsu was the first corporate participant in the program, planting nearly 1,000 trees along Beekmantown’s Heritage Trail in the spring 2012.

Fujitsu plans to work with the Saranac River Trail Committee to identify sites along the Saranac River Trail for a fall 2013 planting event.

Saranac River Trail is a partnership of the City of Plattsburgh and SUNY Plattsburgh. It includes a citizens advisory committee that coordinates volunteer efforts in support of the trail.

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ON THE NET

For more information on the trail, visit www.facebook.com/SaranacRiverTrail or email info@saranacrivertrail.org.

People can also download the free Saranac River Trail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from http://appstore.com/saranacrivertrail.

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