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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2004


Assistant Secretary Scarlett To Kick-Off Take Pride in America® Fire-Rehab Volunteer Effort in Angeles National Forest


ARCADIA, Calif. - This Saturday, May 15, Interior Assistant Secretary Lynn Scarlett, along with U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Sally Collins, Deputy Chief Chris Pyron and Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron, will kick-off a major Take Pride in America volunteer effort to help restore fire-damaged public lands in southern California.

The kick-off event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Rainbow Canyon Ranch in the Angeles National Forest's San Gabriel Canyon and will be linked via audio to other sites throughout the region. Following a volunteer appreciation breakfast and awards presentation, workers will head out at 8:45 a.m. to undertake various fire-restoration projects.

At 22 "Take Pride" locations on public lands throughout southern California, hundreds of volunteers will help with hillside stabilization and replanting, seed collection, dead tree and brush removal, sign repair and painting, and trash clean-up. Senior citizens, youth groups, off-road-enthusiasts, recreational vehicle owners, conservationists and others are expected at four national forests, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management public land sites.

WHAT: Kick-off of volunteer fire restoration projects on Southern California public lands

WHEN: May 15, 2004 at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: San Gabriel Canyon in the Angeles National Forest
Rainbow Canyon Ranch
2350 San Gabriel Canyon Road (Hwy 39)
Azusa, Calif.
From the 210 Freeway, exit at Azusa Avenue and go north. Go past the entrance station to San Gabriel Canyon (Angeles National Forest), cross the San Gabriel River bridge, make a right and follow the signs.

WHO: Lynn Scarlett, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior
Sally Collins, Associate Chief USDA Forest Service
Chris Pyron, Deputy Chief USDA Forest Service
Jody Noiron, Angeles National Forest Supervisor

Take Pride in America is a national partnership that aims to seek, support and recognize volunteers who work to improve our national parks, wildlife refuges, public lands, cultural and historic sites, playgrounds and other recreation areas. With close to 100 partners, Take Pride involves federal, state and local government, conservation and recreation organizers and top national corporations and organizations. Together, we protect and enhance the special legacy all Americans share - our public lands that cover one in every three acres across the nation. Find out more about volunteering and Take Pride in America at


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