Northern Neck Master Naturalists participate in International Coastal Cleanup at Hughlett Point

KILMARNOCK—Seven Northern Neck Master Naturalists on August 24 picked up litter at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve as part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort to remove trash from beaches and waterways, reported Robert W. Dunstan. Since 1997, more than 17 million volunteers have collected over 350 million pounds of trash.

More than 500 items were collected along the beach and parking lot over several hours at Hughlett Point. Items ranged from the expected—beer cans, plastics—to unmentionables, said Dunstan. For those who have participated in trash pickups at other parks and could compare, the opinion was that the visitors at Hughlett Point should be complimented for keeping the area relatively trash-free….

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