Earth Day activities planned on Peninsula
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Kelly Johnson, left, and Lori Taylor pick up litter from the Waterfront Trail near the Port Angeles Boat Haven as part of a cleanup crew from the Port Angeles Association of Realtors last year.

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Online registration is open for the Washington Coast Cleanup on Saturday.

Volunteers will spend part of the day removing marine debris from beaches from the Makah reservation to Cape Disappointment.

Volunteers typically arrive early in the morning and work until about noon.

A free lunch will be offered at several locations along the coast.

The cleanup happens every April on Earth Day on about 35 beaches. For the years 2000-2012, a total of 10,729 volunteers collected about 320 tons of marine trash.

For more information, and to register, visit

Cleanups and other activities for Earth Day are scheduled in communities throughout the North Olympic Peninsula.

Here is information for those who want to sign up to work or prepare for other events.


Klallam challenge

PORT ANGELES — Volunteers can register now for the Klallam Earth Day Challenge on Saturday, when teams will clean up beaches and creeks from Pillar Point to Dungeness Spit.

Headquarters will be The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

Teams assigned to areas will work from 8 a.m. to noon.

From noon to 4 p.m. will be a celebration at The Landing mall with music by Howly Slim, food and awards.

To sign up to participate, visit

Cleanup benefit set

PORT ANGELES — City and county residents now can begin cleaning up homes, yards and neighborhoods, and collecting trash for the annual Clallam Spring Clean Up, set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday, April 21.

Household garbage and large items will be accepted for disposal at a discounted price at the Regional Transfer Station, 3501 W. 18th St., that day.

Yard waste, tires, large appliances and other metals will be recycled.

The $10 admission benefits the Port Angeles Food Bank. Only checks and cash will be accepted. No credit cards or food donations will be accepted.

Loads will be limited to one per household and can be no larger than a full-sized pickup truck or a 5-foot-by-8-foot trailer. No commercial loads or vehicles.

Tires, metals, waste oil, antifreeze, auto batteries and yard waste must be separated for recycling, and there is a limit of up to four tires and four appliances per household.

Computers and televisions can be recycled at Goodwill or EcycleNW in Blyn. For information, visit

For more details, phone 360-417-4874 or visit


City cleanup days

SEQUIM — City residents with coupons can haul appliances, furniture, tires or other large objects to the Sequim City Shop during the annual Spring Clean Up program from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The program is open only to those living within the city limit.

Coupons will be in the April issue of Sequim News, which is mailed with the city's utility billing. Those who do not receive a utility bill and newsletter can bring proof of city residency to City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St., or the Public Works/Community Development Building, 615 N. Fifth Ave., to pick up coupons.

With coupons, residents can bring pickup loads, one each or about 1 square yard, of trash to the Sequim City Shop at 169 W. Hemlock St. Without a coupon, the cost is $10 for the same amount.

No refrigerators, freezers, paints or hazardous materials will be accepted.

Cascade Bark at 11 Washington Harbor Road will offer the facility as a drop-off point for brush and yard waste from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday only. Residents must bring the coupon for yard waste.

For more information, phone the Public Works Department at 360-683-4908.

Phone 360-417-4875 or visit for more information.

Earth Day festival

SEQUIM — Sequim Pre-3 will host an Earth Day festival at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, 3932 Sequim-Dungeness Way, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A $2-per-child donation (cash only) is requested at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Sequim Pre-3.

Family-friendly entertainment by local music and dance groups is planned. Crafts will focus on using recycled materials. Local vendors will have booths.

Families are encouraged to bring picnic lunches. Refreshments also will be available for purchase.

For more information about Sequim Pre-3, visit


Earth Day celebration

GARDINER — Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 U.S. Highway 101, will hold its eighth annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event is dedicated to local organizations that work to preserve, promote and rehabilitate local native wildlife and habitat.

Northwest Wildlife & Raptor Center founders Jaye and Gary Moore will attend with their rehabilitated birds of prey.

Bluegrass musician Cort Armstrong and FarmStrong, a Northwest bluegrass band, will perform.

Clandestine Caterers will serve pizza made in their mobile wood-fired oven.

Among other groups that will have booths at the event are the Discovery Bay Bird Rescue; The Wind People — Traditional Northwest Native Wooden Flutes; Chocolate Serenade; the Dungeness River Audubon Center; Tribal Edge Primal Arts training center; Trinity River Marine; local artists Natalie Brown, Carmele Minor and Jason Hines; Peninsula Friends of Animals; Eagle Creek NW Native Plants; the North Olympic Salmon Coalition; Jefferson County Water and Beach Watchers; the Wild Olympics campaign; the Sierra Club; Power Trip Energy Corp.; and Bay Watch of Discovery Bay.

Donations will be collected for the Northwest Wildlife & Raptor Center. The center is seeking donations of aquariums (in good condition), dog food, small animal-watering bottles, baby bottles to feed baby deer, powdered goat's milk, KMR, alfalfa, chain-link fencing, an enclosed trailer for the release of wildlife and, as always, financial donations.

For more information, phone 360-797-7100 or visit


Main Street cleanup

PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend's Main Street program will hold an Earth Day Spring Clean Up from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

To RSVP, phone the Main Street office at 360-385-7911 or email


Watershed cleanup

QUILCENE — Volunteers are asked to register in advance for a cleanup at the Quilcene River watershed Saturday.

Participants will start the day with a required safety meeting at 9 a.m. at the Quilcene Ranger Station, 295142 U.S. Highway 101, before driving into the forest for the cleanup.

They will remove trash and invasive plants from the watershed, which supplies drinking water for Port Townsend.

Organizers will supply tools and form groups.

Youths 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, phone Jefferson County 4-H coordinator Sue Hay at 360-379-5610, ext. 208, or email


Earth Day cleanup

CLALLAM BAY — Volunteers can show up at 9 a.m. Saturday at several areas for the Earth Day Community Beach Cleanup in Clallam Bay/Sekiu, in which beaches from Pillar Point to Bullman Beach will be cleared of refuse.

Trash bag and glove handouts will be at Compass Rose and Ray's Grocery in Clallam Bay, in the Hoko River area by the mailboxes in the Vista neighborhood, in the Sekiu River area at the northwest corner past the bridges and at the historic marker pullout at Shipwreck Point.

A dump bin will be available at Clallam County Park in Clallam Bay.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., refreshments, music and a “Most Unusual Find” display and contest with prizes will be at Chito Beach Resort, 7639 state Highway 112.

Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Unusual finds also can be entered at the dump bin in Clallam Bay.

The event is sponsored by the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce, the Clallam Marine Resources Committee and the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Lions Club.

For more information, phone 360-963-2442 or 360-963-2212.

Hoh River habitat tour

FORKS — Participants are asked to RSVP for a tour led by Mike Hagen, executive director of the Hoh River Trust, of habitat restoration sites along the Hoh River on Saturday.

Participants will meet at the Peak 6 Store parking lot, 4883 Upper Hoh Road, at 11 a.m. for the free two-hour tour.

RSVP to Betsy Bermingham at

For more information, visit

Land trust

The North Olympic Land Trust will host two Earth Day events Saturday.

Two guided hikes of the 255-acre Elk Creek Conservation Area near Forks are set, with hikes leaving from the Elk Creek Conservation Area parking lot, about 2 miles up Calawah Way, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The 2.5-mile hike starts in a young forest and transitions to an old-growth forest along Elk Creek.

As part of the Klallam Earth Day Challenge, the land trust will sponsor cleanup of beaches west of Joyce, followed by a tour of the Pysht River Conservation Area restoration.

Participants will meet at the Crescent High School parking lot at 9 a.m., with return set for midafternoon.

Attendees should bring waterproof boots, gloves and lunch. Some snacks and drinks and will be served.

RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. For more information, email Lorrie Campbell, stewardship director, at or phone 360-417-1815, ext. 7.

Last modified: April 13. 2013 5:23PM
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