Hands on Houston Volunteers at Trinity River Refuge

LIBERTY, October 3, 2012 - The public is invited to join Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with General Electric Hands on Houston Volunteers and the City of Liberty in celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week on October 13, 2012, at 9 AM at the Liberty Municipal Park, Liberty, TX. Volunteers are encouraged to join in and help build the first step in a primitive hiking trails system that will link the Liberty Municipal Park to the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. The park is located at the end of Cook street.

The City of Liberty and Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge have been collaborating in ways to make nature and the outdoors more accessible to the local community. From this, the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Project was designed. Most people do not realize the Refuge borders one-half of the city and is open to the public for exploration, hiking, bird-watching, and photography. However, formal trails have not been built. The Refuge and the city are taking action! Several trailheads will be placed in neighbors and schools around the City of Liberty, making hiking accessible to those who want to experience some solitude or take the kids out to the woods.

Trinity River Refuge would like this trail for the enjoyment of community to be built by the community so that people will know where the trails are and have a deep connection to them. These trails will be available for generations for come, something of which everyone will be proud!

However, the first step is building the first trail! Volunteers (ages 12 and up) who would like to assist in building the first trail should show up at 9 am at the Liberty Municipal Park. Please bring comfortable clothing and gardening tools such as handsaws, lopping shears, and rakes if you have them.

Chainsaws and other electrical or gas-powered tools are not allowed due to safety precautions. Those who are allergic to poison ivy are advised to wear long sleeves and pants for skin protection. The volunteer sign-up tent will be located on the northeast side of the park near the maintenance shop.

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