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The Alabama State Parks volunteer program stepped up to a new level bringing it into association with the national Take Pride in America program. The national partnership was announced by Governor Bob Riley on
The Alabama State Parks system has welcomed volunteers in the past, but this is the first time the State Parks Division has launched a uniform statewide volunteer program. The new Volunteers In Parks (V.I.P.) program offers different levels of volunteer opportunities within the state parks system, with similar duties and work at each of the parks. A V.I.P. handbook details the mission and types of work conducted by volunteers, as well as the application process and agreement.
“The parks belong to us, and it is our duty and responsibility to take care of public lands,” said Marti Allbright, Executive Director of Take Pride in
Mark Easterwood, Director of the Alabama State Parks Division, praised the work of volunteers. He presented a Certificate of Appreciation award to Les Miller, calling him an outstanding friend of
Conservation Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley stated, “Governor Riley has emphasized that we should always do the right thing, and participation in the TPIA program is the right thing.”
“It’s easy to get involved,” said Governor Riley. “There are so many things that we can do to take care of our lands. Anyone who visits a state park one or two times a year should volunteer.”
Easterwood concluded the press briefing, “By becoming a V.I.P., you’re taking pride in
Following the announcement, Governor Riley, Mrs. Riley, Ms. Allbright, Easterwood, and others prepared and planted a wildflower area near the entrance of the park.
The Take Pride in
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