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USDA’s Forest Service, Wayne National Forest Signs Agreement  with Keep America Beautiful

 STAMFORD, Conn. (May 16, 2012) — Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Wayne National Forest in southeast Ohio announces the signing of an agreement to develop and expand its framework of cooperation between national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful  and the Wayne National Forest. The agreement is designed to develop programs, projects and activities consistent with the Forest Service’s multiple use missions of “Caring for the Land and Serving People” through the newly-formed collaborative group, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful.

The Wayne National Forest, located in 12 southeastern Ohio counties, is Ohio’s only national forest. The Athens Ranger District, and its Marietta Unit, along with the Ironton Ranger District make up more than 241,000 acres of National Forest system lands. The creation of the recently-certified Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful affiliate is a unique, collaborative effort that marks the first U.S. Forest Service National Forest to establish a Keep America Beautiful affiliation.

“Keep America Beautiful is pleased to work with Wayne National Forest to establish the Keep Southeastern Ohio Beautiful regional affiliate so that we can provide resources to address issues such as illegal dumping in this forest and its neighboring communities,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Matt McKenna.

“The goal of this agreement is to work together with KAB to facilitate a 13-county regional affiliate that is operating as a collaborative group to engage individuals in southeast Ohio to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment,” said Anne Carey, Forest Supervisor for the southeastern Ohio national forest.  “We believe this collaborative effort could well serve as a model for other national forests throughout the country.”

The Wayne National Forest is a proud partner in caring for the resources and communities of southeastern Ohio. The Forest is dedicated to working collaboratively with neighbors to restore and enhance landscapes, protect and improve water resources, to provide recreation opportunities and help create jobs that sustain communities.

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful joins over 1,200 Keep America Beautiful affiliates and participating organizations in mobilizing an estimated 4 million volunteers this year alone. Members of the collaborative group include the Wayne National Forest, Athens City-County Health Department, Athens County Sheriff’s Department, City of Athens, Athens Soil & Water Conservation District, Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, Rural Action, and the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is a thirteen county regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Established in 2012, the affiliate works as a collaborative group to engage individuals in southeast Ohio to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment. 

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community improvement organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.

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Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement organization, announced today the record-setting goal of recruiting 4 million volunteers to support its Great American Cleanup 2012 initiative that kicks off this month – nearly a quarter million more volunteers than last year.

The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement movement that launches more than 30,000 programs with 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations convening millions of volunteers.  Volunteers participate in a variety of activities focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.

“Our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their communities,” said Matt McKenna, KAB chief executive officer and president. “We're fully committed to accelerating the positive impact of the Great American Cleanup each year. To achieve this, we must recruit new volunteers who want to contribute to building sustainable communities. I’m confident that we’ll meet our goal of recruiting and activating an army of 4 million strong this year.”

To support this call-to-action, KAB has declared the first-ever “National Day of Action” on Saturday, April 28 with activities taking place in nearly all 50 states.  Special events are planned in 10 locations, including Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, Cocoa, FL., Indianapolis, IN, Cobb County, GA, Hampton Roads, VA, Houston, TX, Shreveport, LA, Philadelphia, PA and Nashville, TN. Each of these locations will lead large-scale cleanups and other coordinated events. For details, visit kab.org.

In 2011, more than 3.8 million volunteers in 16,500 communities took part in 30,600 Great American Cleanup events. Highlights included:
 

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