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SOLV and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to encourage thousands of volunteers to hit the beach for the 24th annual Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Having fun is crucial, but safety is No. 1, especially since the severe winters storms littered the beach with unsightly, potentially hazardous, trash and debris. Thousands of volunteers are needed to help clean Oregon's beaches, from the Washington to California borders.

'Large amounts of trash have washed ashore during winter storms,' says Jack McGowan, SOLV's executive director. 'We're hoping for a record numbers of volunteers to help restore our coastline to its pristine condition.'

Volunteers are asked to check in at one of 44 registration sites, pick up a bag, and head down to the beaches to improve the coastline for wildlife and summer visitors. Coordinators suggest that volunteers dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Beach captains at the meeting sites will furnish bags to volunteers. Groups of 20 or more are asked to contact the appropriate zone captain prior to the event. Zone captains and registration sites are listed at or volunteers can call SOLV at 800-333-SOLV (7658) for more information.

'Express Check-In' will save volunteers time and avoid the need to wait in line. The Volunteer Registration and Waiver form along with Express Check-In instructions, can be found on SOLV's web site at Volunteers should bring their completed and signed forms to turn in at the registration site.

Safety is all-important during this spring's cleanup. Winter storms, low tides, and the continual movement of sand from one beach to another have revealed many artifacts this season.

Founded in 1969 by Oregon Governor Tom McCall to address litter and vandalism problems, SOLV's mission has expanded to reach every county in the state and to bring together government agencies, businesses and individuals in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. Because of this expansion SOLV no longer calls itself 'Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism' and has adopted the acronym, SOLV, as its official name.

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