MEDIA ALERT: Volunteers, Students & Artists Participating in Convert-a-Can Project

March 9, 2017

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Beautification Project:
Volunteers, Students & Artists Participating in Convert-a-Can Project

WHAT: Convert-a-Can beautification project for volunteers and artists to transform waste receptacles into works of art in the San Gabriel Mountains.

WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 8 am until the sun goes down

WHERE: West Fork picnic area in the San Gabriel Mountains (close to Azusa)

WHO: Event coordinator Meg Devine will be joined by artists and volunteers. Devine is a graduate of the The San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy, a project of San Gabriel Mountains Forever that teaches civic engagement, community advocacy, and project management with the intent of permanently protecting and enhancing our mountains, rivers, and parks — with access for all. Convert-a-Can started out as a Leadership Academy project that has since grown into a medium for community engagement by the U.S. Forest Service. Painting materials are supplied by Acrylatex, a recycled paint company in Azusa.

WHY: Since the project’s implementation by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014, Convert-a-Can has contributed to a significant reduction in graffiti and littering. Transforming regular dumpsters into works of art beautifies picnic areas and trailheads and encourages people to treat mountain trails with respect — and to throw trash where it belongs!

CONTACT: Event Coordinator Meg Devine at megdevine14@gmail.com; US Forest Service assistant recreation officer Michael Hansen, (626) 335-1251 x249mhansen02@fs.fed.us

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/331376913929604/

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