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Iron Rangers need help! State issues calls for artists to paint park donation receptacles

The Iron Rangers need help. And only artists can provide it.

No, it’s not the plot to some strange comic book. It’s an appeal being made today by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which is seeking artists to paint wildlife and landscape scenes on the cylindrical metal containers that are placed in DCR parks to accept donations.

The department says that when the Iron Rangers are painted they attract more attention -- and more donations.

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The 170 Iron Rangers placed in 111 properties acrosss the state generate about $19,000 annually, which is used to fund educational programs and conservation projects, the state said. More than 100 are unpainted, officials said.

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The artists won’t get paid for their work, but they are invited to sign the back of the Iron Ranger and leave business cards and brochures with park officials to distribute to anyone who asks.

“This program is an important part of DCR’s larger effort to improve park service and enhance the visitors’ experience while promoting partnerships in the parks,” said DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert.

DCR will supply the paint.