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Cleanup and tree plantings planned for Earth Day observance

RELEASED: April 13, 2010

Earth Day logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will hold a variety of events as part of the nationwide observance of Earth Day. April 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which was conceived in 1970 by former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson.

More than a billion people and 190 countries are expected to take part in Earth Day 2010. UW-Eau Claire activities include:

  • A campus river cleanup at 3:30 p.m. Participants should meet behind the Hilltop Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome to help clean up the banks of the Chippewa River near campus.
  • A special education session titled "The Fish and Habitat of the Lower Chippewa River" will be held at 5 p.m. at the Round Hall Pavilion in Arkansaw. Dr. David Lonzarich, UW-Eau Claire professor of biology, will speak about his latest field research.
  • A spring tree planting trip will allow participants to leave their mark on the landscape of the lower Chippewa River near Pepin. Five-hundred swamp oak trees will be planted in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Participants will depart from the Environmental Adventure Center at 3 p.m. and return between 7 and 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the Earth Day events, contact Dan Langlois at 715-836-3616. Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up in advance at the EAC, located in the basement of Hilltop Center.

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