Earth Day 2007 Beach Cleanup and Bonfire in San Francisco - 'Leave No Trace!'

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As part of the Earth Day 2007 Celebration, San Francisco's Ocean Beach Foundation announces its First Annual 'Leave No Trace!' Beach Clean up and Bonfire Party to bring awareness to the new fire pits and bonfire policy for one of San Francisco's oldest beach traditions.

Only a few months ago, San Francisco Residents were facing the end of a long standing tradition of beach bonfires. Now, thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens and local non-profits such as the Ocean Beach Foundation, the bonfires are here to stay.

"In celebration of the beach we love, and fought so hard to save" says OBF President Tom Wrobel, "San Francisco's Ocean Beach Foundation announces its First Annual 'Leave No Trace!' Beach Clean up and Bonfire Party."

This event will feature an afternoon beach cleanup, and early evening bonfire dance party feature prominent San Francisco DJ's like DJ Benchun (False Profit), Alxndr (Downlow), and other special guests.

The Ocean Beach Foundation, or OBF, was formed in response to an imminent ban of bonfires at Ocean Beach (the last refuge for beach bonfires in San Francisco), and successfully stopped the Ban by offering a community based solution.

Through cooperation with groups such as Burners without Borders, the Surfrider foundation and the National Park Service (NPS), fire pits were installed at Ocean Beach to continue the age old tradition of enjoying fires at the beach.

"Though bonfires will still be permitted, there are some important new rules residents need to be aware of" reports Wrobel.

Beginning June 1, the Park Police will issue tickets to any beach goers burning fires outside of the fire pits, and not in accordance to the beach's "Leave No Trace" policy. The new policy specifies the following:

1.Burn Clean Wood. Clean wood is: from a tree, driftwood, wood purchased at Safeway. Clean Wood is not: wood with nails, staples, paint, chemicals, or other poisonous compounds.

2. No Glass or Glass bottles on the beach. These bottles break and kids and their families cut their feet on them.

3. Pick up your TRASH. Leave no trace. Take out what you bring in. Recycle your plastic bottles and leave the beach nice and clean.

"Our April 22nd event is intending to be fun, and raise awareness of the new way of sustainability and community support at Ocean Beach." says Wrobel "Tell your friends, tell the world....Come un-pollute, dance and celebrate on Earth Day at Ocean Beach!"

The Leave No Trace Beach Cleanup & Bonfire Party will start at 2pm and go until 9pm. Meet at Stairwell 18-20 of Ocean Beach (at the Great Highway and Fulton St.). Garbage bags, sifters, and other cleanup tools will be provided. It is recommended you bring gloves if you have them.

The purpose of the Ocean Beach Foundation is to act as a conduit in creating the ideal community beach. Our mission is to coordinate community groups, local beach users, businesses and government agencies, in order to foster responsible use and preserve the natural beauty of San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

The installation of fire pits was made possible by the community raising nearly $40,000 and more is needed to install more firepits and to eventually purchase a beach sifter. You can make your tax deductible donations to the Ocean Beach Foundation.

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