Volunteers of all ages plan to help restore the beauty of California state parks Saturday, April 25th, during the California State Parks Foundationís 12th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup.

One of the many sites that will be restored is the Ballona Wetlands reserve on Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey. Volunteers will take part in habitat restoration and cleanup, removal of invasive species, trash removal and trail maintenance.

Community participation is critical this year as continued funding pressures and a backlog of $1.3 billion in delayed maintenance projects threaten the vitality of parks and beaches across the state, according to the State Parks Foundation. Statewide, thousands of volunteers will plant native trees and plants, restore trails and wildlife habitats, repair boardwalks and fences and clean up beaches.

Since its inception in 1998, the California State Parks Foundationís Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program has had 63,000 participants contribute more than 265,000 volunteer hours and has provided more than $5.25 million in park maintenance and improvements.

The foundation, with the support of its sponsors, has awarded more than $1.1 million to state parks throughout California.

Information, www.calparks.org/.

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