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Thirty-five March “Marsh Madness” Cleanups Planned, Volunteers Needed


BRUNSWICK, GA - (February 14, 2023) – Roll up your sleeves, put on your boots and come get muddy with Keep Golden Isles Beautiful! Be part of the 10th annual effort and help keep the beautiful Marshes of Glynn litter free at one of many scheduled March “Marsh Madness” cleanups!  Sponsored locally by Georgia-Pacific Brunswick Cellulose Mill and kicking off the national Great America Cleanup effort locally, during March THIRTY-FIVE, yes THIRTY-FIVE, local salt marsh cleanups have been planned for various days of the week and times, to accommodate the largest number of volunteers possible.


“Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in Marsh Madness,” said KGIB executive director Lea King-Badyna. “Cleanups are planned for marsh bordering high ground, ocean/river bordering parks as well as down in the salt marshes themselves. This is one of our most expansive efforts with a record number of cleanups in just one month this year, and a large volunteer turn out is crucial to making the biggest possible positive impact in removing trash and debris from this valuable natural resource. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of a large volunteer turnout.”


Individual cleanup event listings, containing cleanup location maps, can be found at KGIB.ORG\EVENTS


“We greatly appreciate the organizations and individuals serving as site leaders for Marsh Madness cleanups. With just a two-person staff, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful simply could not hold this many cleanup events in one month without their help and partnership,” continued King-Badyna. “The 2023 effort saw 31 Marsh Madness cleanups removing 7.8 TONS, including 63 tires, from our important salt marshes, illustrating just how much trash ends up on our marshes. Now marking its 10th year, the Marsh Madness cleanup effort has conducted 154 cleanups and removed 51.43 TONS of trash and debris, including 543 tires.”


AGAIN THIS YEAR: Volunteers working a minimum of 3 Marsh Madness cleanups will receive a custom Marsh Madness t-shirt, while those volunteering at a minimum of 5 Marsh Madness cleanups will receive a custom Marsh Madness aluminum water bottle.


Bags, gloves and volunteer water will be provided; boots, sunscreen, bug spray, clothes/shoes for mud recommended. Please arrive a few minutes early to cleanups to allow for volunteer check in. 


Contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful for more information: info.kbgib@gmail.com or 912/279-1490. Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest volunteer driven cleanup effort.


Photo Caption: KGIB’s Heather Wilson and Lea King-Badyna display 2024 Marsh Madness t-shirts.

 

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