09/29/18 Fossil Creek National Public LAnds Day Cleanup

Coconino National Forest - Red Rock District

We celebrated National Public Lands Day 2018 by partnering with our friends at Mountain Chicks for our 3rd trail cleanup together. We took a group of volunteers to Fossil Creek to remove trash from the Waterfall Trail as well as the Waterfall Trailhead parking lot, 1/4 mile of dirt road to the Ivring/Flume Trailhead parking lot, and an area below the parking lot. Once we arrived at the waterfall, we relaxed, explored the area, and enjoyed the water. We continued picking up trash on the hike back and hopefully inspired a large group headed to the waterfall to pack out all of their trash.

We collected 43.7 pounds of trash, which may not seem like a lot, but the majority of it was micro trash that could have easily been packed out the same way it was packed in. We found a lot of bottle tops, hair ties, the corners of granola bar wrappers, straws, water and beer bottles, shoes, socks, a towel, styrofoam cups, a ridiculous amount of cigarette butts, chip bags, the plastic packaging from a snorkel, pieces of paper, and a lot of other random pieces of trash. Please make a plan for your trash when you go outdoors!

This was our 3rd collaboration Mountain Chicks and we had an amazing time (check out our 1st collaboration HERE and our 2nd collaboration HERE). We encourage you join a Mountain Chicks chapter near you so you don’t miss out on these amazing adventures! Thank you Kelly Towne, Mountain Chicks Ambassador, for helping us make this event a success!

This project was possible due to support from American Rivers, CopperPoint Insurance, Desert Monsters Tours, LeBaron & Carroll LLC, OdySea Aquarium Foundation, and SRP. We would also like to thank Danielle Boulais and Elaine with the Coconino National Forest - Red Rock Ranger District for all of their help and support.⠀

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Join us at our next cleanup, click HERE to view our Events Calendar or make a donation to support a future cleanup event.