ImageIf you care about the environment and want to make a positive difference, but you find that a busy and hectic lifestyle of work and family doesn't allow you to commit to a regular schedule of volunteer time. Then consider setting some time aside this weekend, Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 to help the Bayshore region clean up our beaches and improve our parkland for all species to enjoy. Even if you have a spare 15 minutes or an hour; you can make a big difference that will help restore the majestic beauty of the Bayshore region.  

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(The Navesink Highlands overlooking Sandy Hook Bay. Citizens must take part in restoring their bay watershed region if we want abundant healthy places for a diversity of species to enjoy.)

First, on Saturday, October 21, it will be the 21st Annual Fall Beach Sweeps, from 9am to 12:30pm (rain or shine). Join the many volunteers of Clean Ocean Action as we unite in one of the longest running beach cleanups in the world. Since 1985, 40,000 volunteers have participated in the Beach Sweeps resulting in over 120,000 volunteer hours for the environment. Their efforts have resulted in millions of pieces of debris removed from New Jersey's Beaches and waterways.

Monmouth County Bayshore locations that are part of Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps include:

Atlantic Highlands - Harbor Gravel Parking Lot

Highlands - Central Ave @ Beach next to Community Center

Keansburg - Laurel Ave & Beachway @ foot of Baywalk

Keyport - (2 sites) 1) Boat Launch @ foot of Broad Street - Site Sponsored by Keyport Business Alliance; 2) Perry Park

Middletown - (4 sites) 1) East Keansburg: Ideal Beach @ Ocean Avenue & Bayside Parkway; 2) Leonardo - Public Beach, Beach St. and Benton Ave.; 3) Port Monmouth - Fishing Pier/Spy House Beach at Bayshore Waterfront Park; 4) Port Monmouth - The Dunes at Shoal Harbor Recreation Area

Sandy Hook - Parking Lot E - Site sponsored by Panasonic, Rotary District #7510 - Interact, and United Teletech Financial

Union Beach - Florence Avenue at Front Street (by Statue)

Site and meeting locations are subject to change.  Please check the COA website at http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/ before the Fall Sweeps for any changes. 

Second, on Sunday, October 22, from 1-3pm, the Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission will be having its autumn trail maintenance activity for the 51-acre Lenape Woods Nature Preserve. All events are open to the public from wherever you may reside and whatever your age group. Each person will have a fun and rewarding time improving the environment for all species to enjoy. 

Meeting Place: Lenape Woods East, near the corner of Highland Avenue & Ocean Blvd.

Activities: Install fencing, spread woodchips on trials to stop erosion, and install trail marker signs.

Please bring your own gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows, and rakes.

Help clean up and save a small bit of wilderness in the scenic Navesink Highlands!

Nestled among tall trees and steep slopes, Lenape Woods offers approximately 51 acres of beautiful and natural woodlands and freshwater wetlands that are the headwaters to Many Mind Creek, part of the Sandy Hook Bay watershed area. These wonderful resources (located in a modest 1.2 square mile community) are available from dawn to dusk for hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, nature observation, and everyday enjoyment.

The Preserve requires the public's help to keep it clean and healthy. Decades of misuse and poor management by people before it was a nature preserve have created many ecological problems in Lenape Woods, such as erosion control and garbage. It is the goal of these action-oriented trail maintenance events to fix the damage and improve the environment within Lenape Woods for all species to enjoy now and in the future.

This is your time to help. Each citizen in the Bayshore region can play an important part this weekend to restore the health and protect the beauty of our beautiful bay watershed.