Volunteers needed to help clean up SRP area east of Mesa

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- The Tonto National Forest is looking for volunteers to help in an annual cleanup at the Lower Salt River Recreation Area east of Mesa.

The area is one of the forest's busiest recreation spots but also accumulates the most trash. Much of that ends up washed into the Salt River or collecting along its banks.

Low water flows in late winter make it an ideal time for the yearly cleanup. Volunteers will gather at the Blue Point Recreation Site between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 to register, then immediately go to work.

The Forest Service will supply trash bags and parking and a free lunch at about noon.

Volunteers should wear closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes, sunscreen and gloves.

Advance registration can be done online at www.mrdvolunteers.org/riverbankcleanup.html

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