November News from Lower Haw Friends! 
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Friends of State Parks Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 19th @ 10am
Jordan Lake Visitor Center
280 State Park Road Apex, NC 
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News from Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area

Let's Talk Trash!

Dear Friends,
Trash and trails…those are the two topics that seem to inspire our members to want to volunteer. So, we’ve initiated a project to help with the trash problem along the riverbank. (More about trails later.) Our Park Superintendents have generously agreed to supply four trash bins and the mounting supplies. We will need volunteers to install the trash bins and empty the bins on a regular basis, since State Parks does not have the staffing resources to do it. Tentative locations are US 15-501 and US 64. Although Haw River Assembly has an annual clean-up event along the river, we’re hoping to augment annual clean-up efforts by tackling the trash problem on an ongoing basis. Litter is not only an eyesore that detracts from the beauty of this state natural area, it also harms wildlife, their habitats, and water quality.  
According to Clean Jordan Lake, about 80% of trash in our watershed comes from rainfall that flushes trash off our watershed (stormwater runoff) and 20% comes from careless recreational use at access points. Key findings from research by Keep America Beautiful provide some useful insight into that 20% from careless recreational use. Key findings on littering behavior include:
  • A strong contributor to littering is the prevalence of existing litter. Ensure consistent and ongoing clean-up efforts.
  • Most littering occurs at a considerable distance from a receptacle. Make proper disposal convenient and accessible.
Join us in helping to keep the Lower Haw River State Natural Area beautiful. Contact Matt Spangler at if you want to volunteer to help tackle the trash problem.  We would also like to hear from people who are already picking up trash while hiking, paddling, or fishing along the state natural area. Send us an email at, or post a message on our Facebook page.

Reminder:  Friends of State Parks Meeting at Jordan Lake on November 19th

Meet other Friends Groups!  Join us for the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of State Parks on November 19th held this year at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Visitor Center.  The meeting is from 10:00 to 12:00, with guest speakers Elizabeth Biser who will talk about NC Forever and Legislative Advocacy, and Piedmont Region Superintendent Jay Greenwood who will give an update on the NC Parks System. Park Superintendent Fred Watkins will give an update on Jordan Lake SRA and the Lower Haw River SNA. The Visitor Center is located off US 64 East on 280 State Park Road, Apex NC 27523.  Link to meeting agenda HERE.  

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