The Big Walnut Nature Club is inviting the public to join it for Hoover Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

This is part of a larger event coordinated by the city of Columbus. The Nature Club will focus on the north end of Hoover Reservoir.

Volunteers are needed and should meet at the Galena Village Hall parking lot, 109 Harrison St., at 9 a.m. and should wear appropriate clothing and boots for being in woodsy, wet areas.

According to club president Jeanna Burrell, improving habitat is key to helping wildlife thrive in the area. “Our group is focusing on species of special interest such as the eagles, osprey, prothonotary warblers and chimney swifts, but we are all interested in improving the environment for the benefit of all our wildlife,” Burrell said.

“A lot of trash ends up in our waterways coming down Little Walnut and Big Walnut creeks and on Hoover Reservoir and it degrades the natural habitat. Wildlife can ingest trash with dire consequences. Items like Styrofoam, plastic and glass don’t break down and will never go away in our lifetime so we’d like to clean it up. We welcome everyone to come out and help us clean up the area so we can all enjoy the great natural resources Galena and Hoover have to offer.”

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The Big Walnut Nature Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Galena Village Hall and offers nature education programs.

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Information for this story was provided by the Big Walnut Nature Club.