Farmington Hills residents can help the environment

May 19, 2013 by  

Farmington Hills, Michigan, residents who want to help the environment have a chance to do just that early next month.

According to a Farmington Hills press release, volunteers are needed to help clean up the Rouge River at Heritage Park – one of the city’s green spaces.

Thousands of residents have turned out every year since 1986 to take part in a hands-on initiative to clean up and help restore the natural beauty of the Rouge River and its watershed. This year, volunteers will be cleaning debris away from the river and its banks. They will also be removing invasive species that have taken hold near the river, and will be helping with the planting of some native species in Heritage Park.

The 50 volunteers who sign in at the site the earliest will get a T-shirt commemorating the Rouge Rescue, and a free lunch will be provided to all volunteers in the form of a picnic. Helpers are to sign in at the Heritage Park Visitor’s Center.

The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 am until 12 noon. Workers should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and heavy work boots. Volunteers can pre-register by calling 248-871-2850 to speak to the Division of Public Works. People interested in working to improve other sites can contact Friends of the Rouge at 313-792-9900 or go to the group’s website.

Farmington Hills officials are sure to want as many people as possible to help with the cleanup effort, so they might consider working with flyer printing experts to create a mailer for distribution to residents, encouraging them to volunteer.