Rock Creek Conservancy seeks volunteers for Piney Branch cleanup

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Volunteers clean up the area around Piney Branch. (Brian Kapur/The Current/April 2017)
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Rock Creek Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a cleanup at Piney Branch on Saturday, which the nonprofit organized as part of National Public Lands Day.

The cleanup will run from 10 a.m. to noon and will target trash and invasive plants. Volunteers will meet at a picnic pavilion off Piney Branch Parkway NW near the 16th Street overpass, and tools and gloves will be provided to attendees who don’t bring their own. Registration is requested at rockcreekconservancy.org.

“At Rock Creek Conservancy we make an effort to instill a sense of community ownership of our public lands every day, but on National Public Lands Day we have the opportunity to be a part of something even larger,” conservancy executive director Matt Fleisher said in a release. “When we work together locally and nationally, a healthy environment is fully within our reach.”

The group also held a National Public Lands Day cleanup at Melvin Hazen East, near Quebec Street NW, on Sept. 24. In its events last year, 50 volunteers removed more than 38 bags of trash and recycling and six bags of English ivy, according to the release.