09/30/17 National Public Lands Day Cleanup with Mountain Chicks
We celebrated National Public Lands Day 2017 by partnering with Mountain Chicks for the first ever Mountain Chicks Trail Cleanup. Volunteers gathered early in the morning, southeast of Sedona, in the Coconino National Forest - Red Rock District. 21 volunteers hiked over 9 miles and packed out 50 pounds of trash from Bruce Brocket Trail, Bell Trail, and the "Crack" at Wet Beaver Creek.
When we arrived at the “Crack” we explored the area, picked up trash, and had a great time enjoying the gorgeous scenery and swimming hole. We found a variety of trash including: broken glass, plastic water bottles, gallon water jugs, silverware, clothing, shoes, pots and pans, full cans of biofuel, an aluminum foil box, underwire from a bra, plastic wrappers, a dog leash, and more! We hiked our trash bags out, collecting more along the way, and inspiring the hikers we passed on the trail to pack out their garbage.
All of these items collected were light weight and could have easily been packed out the same way they were packed in. Please make a plan for your trash when you go outdoors; it's easy to take a few extra trash bags with you and leave the land better than you found it.
We would like to thank the U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest – Red Rock District for their support of this event. Thank you to the Arizona Trail Association, The Home Depot in Mesa off Crismon and US-60, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, and Insane Audio. We would also like to thank the following Mountain Chicks sponsors for their support: Bare Republic and NuttZo.
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