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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 12:16 pm | Updated: 3:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The summer visitors have left the Lower Salt River Recreation Area, but their trash is still there.

To help restore this stretch of water back to its natural beauty in celebration of National Public Lands Day, the Tonto National Forest is hosting the 27th annual Salt River Clean-up this Saturday.

Last year’s event drew more than 250 volunteers, who collected 18 tons of trash.

“All support we receive from the public for this event goes a long way toward restoring the Lower Salt,” said ranger Art Wirtz, of the Mesa Ranger District. “This is a great opportunity for those who truly love our forest to give back, helping us preserve this great recreation site for the future.”

The cleanup begins immediately after registration closes at 8:30 a.m., and continues until around noon. Then, lunch and beverages will be provided free to volunteers. Also, there will be raffle prizes.

Because most of the cleanup will occur in and around the water, the Forest Service, Cimarron River Company and Desert Voyagers Rafting will provide volunteers with boats and guidance. All types of nonmotorized boaters are encouraged to join in.

For more information or to pre-register a group, contact Scotty McBride of the Mesa Ranger District at (480) 610-3300.

Salt River Cleanup

Where: Phon D. Sutton Recreation Site of the Lower Salt River Recreation Area

When: Saturday. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

What to wear: Rubber-soled shoes with closed toes that can be worn in and around water, sunscreen and gloves.

What’s free: Trash bags, drinking water and parking

Sponsors: Salt River Project, Saguaro Lake Ranch, Arizona Clean and Beautiful,

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