Photo Courtesy of David Troness Photography


Inaugural base & Meridian Wildlife Area Cleanup ProjecT - Gila River

Photo courtesy of David Troness Photography

Natural Restorations teamed up with Arizona Game & Fish and REI for the Inaugural Base & Meridian Wildlife Area Cleanup on Saturday, December 1, 2018. 244 volunteers, including 90 youth volunteers, helped us remove 2 tons of trash, that’s 4,000 pounds of trash no longer littering this beautiful area.

Volunteers removed a variety of trash from beer and soda cans, to plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, way too much finishing line, 33 tires, plastic and styrofoam cups, and so much more!

We will continue to work with Arizona Game & Fish and REI as we work towards a long-term solution to revitalize this beautiful area and keep it free from trash so it can become a premier outdoor recreation destination in the West Valley for the outdoor community.

Join us Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 9am to 12pm when we return to the Base & Meridian Wildlife Area for another cleanup event. Click HERE for details.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support of this event:

American Rivers, Arizona Game & Fish, Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, Cabela’s in Glendale, City of Avondale, City of Goodyear, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Desert Monsters Tours, Garland Signs & Specialties, GooseBump Marketing & Events, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, LeBaron & Carroll Insurance, OdySea Aquarium Foundation, REI, REI Phoenix, REI Goodyear Distribution Center, Rubio’s in Avondale, Southwest Airlines, Salt River Project, and Walmart in Avondale

Check out all of the amazing photo galleries below from photographers, David Troness and Taylor Youngblood. David and Taylor donated their time and services to take photos of the event for us.

Before & After: the entrance to a Wildlife Area should never look like the top photo. We are grateful to all of the volunteers who helped us clean up all of the trash!

Photos courtesy of David Troness Photography - click a photo to view full size images

Photos courtesy of Taylor Youngblood

Thank you to Steve and his team at the Avondale Rubio’s for bringing chips and guacamole out for volunteers! It was such a nice treat for everyone to enjoy after all of their hard work.

Raffle Winners! Huge thanks to Bass Pro Shops in Mesa, Cabela’s in Glendale, Garbo Grabber, LLCManatee BagsREIREI in Phoenix, and REI’s Goodyear Distribution Center for donating items to the raffle! Photos courtesy of Taylor Youngblood.

Pictures courtesy of Justin & Nicole Corey

Click HERE to check out our Events Calendar & register for a cleanup.

Mark your calendars for 02/23/19 for another base & Meridian wildlife area Cleanup!

Photo courtesy of Taylor Youngblood