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TPWD News Release — Aug. 31, 2007

REI Asks Volunteers To ‘Pitch In’ at State Parks Sept. 29

AUSTIN, Texas — In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 29, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) stores in Texas will sponsor projects at three Texas State Parks—Cedar Hill State Park south of Dallas, McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, and Huntsville State Park north of Houston.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Last year nearly 100,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, and removed trash and invasive plants. REI is seeking volunteers to join this effort.

In Austin, in partnership with the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park, REI Austin Downtown and REI Austin Gateway stores will host a National Public Lands Day workday at McKinney Falls State Park. Planned projects include: constructing cedar and granite tent pads and a kid’s trash clean up. REI Austin stores will recognize local non-profit groups that received REI grants this year during a brief ceremony at 11:45am.

In Dallas, REI Dallas, REI Plano, the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association, the Friends of Cedar Hill State Park, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will sponsor a volunteer workday at Cedar Hill State Park. Planned projects include: painting a historical barn and trail maintenance on the hike and bike trails. This service project offers suitable volunteer activities for all ages. Cedar Hill State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Dallas in Cedar Hill, Texas.

In Houston, volunteers are invited to join REI Houston Galleria and REI Houston Willowbrook along with Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA), the Texas Master Naturalists, and the Friends of Huntsville State Park for a day of trail re-routing and a shoreline cleanup at Huntsville State Park. Order of the Arrow Scouts will supervise a boardwalk building project, and invite other scout groups to assist in construction. Huntsville State Park is located about fifty miles north of Houston off Interstate Highway 45.

The above service projects are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit REI Web site and go to the Stores & Events pages to find the REI store closest to you, or phone your local REI store:

REI is an outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and offering high-quality outdoor gear and clothing to its 2.8 million active members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.

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