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United Desert Gateway will hold their 13th Annual Imperial Sand Dunes Cleanup on Saturday , January 16 , 2010.

The cleanup is held each year over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend and is attended by over 3,000 volunteers. The event keeps our local dunes clean and open and is always a family affair. Registration sites will be set up in both the north and south Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

The northend registration area includes Glamis Flats , Wash Road ( Wash 4) , Gecko Road across from the Ranger Station and Oldsmobile Hill.

South dunes registration areas include Gordon’s Well , Buttercup , Ogilby Camp and Midway.

To participate , show up at one of the designated registration sites beginning at 8:00 a.m. The first 3,000 volunteers to register will receive a free event t-shirt. Volunteers will scour the desert for litter from 8:00 a.m. untill 11:30 a.m.

Full trash bags will be exchanged for drawing tickets . Lunch will be served in the main staging areas from 11:30 a.m. untill 12:30 p.m. and the prize drawings will be held after lunch.

Questions about the event may be directed to Charla Teeters , United Deseert Gateway Program Manager , 760 – 337 – 4155.

About the United Desert Gateway

The United Desert Gateway, a nonprofit public benefit corporation comprised of the Brawley, El Centro Yuma Chambers of Commerce, works hand-in-hand, through an Assistance Agreement, with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District (BLM) and other partners to enhance the recreational experience at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) and other BLM managed lands in the area.

The successful ongoing management of the ISDRA and other desert recreation areas is in part dependent on developing and fostering partnerships with the local communities, businesses, sand sport enthusiasts, and other desert visitors. These partnerships will allow BLM to reduce operating costs by fostering volunteer programs, financial support, and development, coordination and implementation of public educational materials and programs which help the BLM meet its goals and objectives for management of the ISDRA and other BLM managed lands in Imperial County.

Since its inception in September of 2004, the UDG has identified and implemented several “Partners in Stewardship” projects that have provided volunteer and economic resources in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. To date, the UDG has contributed over $1,000,000 worth of contributions to promote safety and litter education in the ISDRA. Some of these projects include a highway billboard safety message program, Leo the Lizard litter education program, outreach team trucks and the Annual Martin Luther King holiday ISDRA cleanup.

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