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April 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Field & Stream Magazine in Seattle to help and raise awareness with conservation project next weekend

Field & Stream Magazine will join the Duwamish Alive Coalition 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the Lower Duwamish River near Seattle and Tukwila for an outdoor conservation project to aid the group’s efforts and build community awareness to restore the river shoreline for wildlife habitat.

Duwamish Alive! brings together over 30 conservation groups, businesses, and government entities, organizing hundreds of volunteers to work at 13 work sites in the river’s lower watershed.

Work includes a river cleanup by kayak and canoe, shoreline salmon restoration, and native forest revitalization.

The project is part of Field & Stream’s Hero for a Day program, and the Seattle coalition is one of six organizations selected by Field & Stream.

The Lower Duwamish River is one of the most contaminated sites in the country by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is a designated Superfund site. Urban runoff and industrial pollutants, among other factors, are responsible for traces of PCBs found in wildlife.

Hero for a Day is an extension of Field & Stream’s Heroes of Conservation initiative, which honors three grass roots volunteers each month with recognition in the magazine and $500 in grant funding from Toyota Motor Sales.

Long pants and closed-toe shoes appropriate for outdoor work; conditions may be wet. Volunteers should also bring rain gear, a hat or sunglasses, work gloves and a refillable water bottle.

Children are welcome, and those under age 10 require one-to-one adult supervision.

The first 50 volunteers to arrive will receive a Field & Stream Heroes gift bag, and will be entered to win a trip to Washington D.C. this fall.

To volunteer, visit Duwamish Alive and RSVP or call 206.923.0853.

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