Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join the clean-up effort scheduled to begin around 8:00 a.m. and wrap up around 3:00 p.m. Participants should bring rakes and square point shovels to help with the cleanup. Trash bags will be supplied.
Volunteers should plan to meet just north of the Perrine Bridge and east of Highway 93.
According to Jerome County Undersheriff Jack Johnson, “This clean-up has become a very important effort each spring. It is unfortunate that it continues to be necessary; we must change the mindset that dumping trash or shooting TVs on public land is an acceptable activity.”
Each spring for the past 16 years, these organizations and volunteers have gathered to pick up trash that collects year after year. According to Greg Moore of the Southern Idaho Off-Road Association, “This area is important to all of us who like to recreate out here. This trash makes an eye-sore out of our beautiful desert. We are so thankful for the support of our sponsors, in particular, Cesco Equipment and Southern Idaho Solid Waste. The donated heavy equipment is indispensable for hauling out the huge volumes of trash, and the donated roll-off dumpsters enable us to make a difference in this area each spring.
Unfortunately, several areas within the Snake River Canyon Park continually receive significant amounts of illegally dumped trash. These areas will be the focus of Saturday’s events, which will allow numerous volunteers the opportunity to take part in keeping their public lands clean, safe and beautiful. Volunteers for the cleanup should plan to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves and sun block. The Southern Idaho Off-Road Association will provide pizza for lunch to volunteers.
Additional sponsors for the clean-up event include CESCO equipment rental, Jim Bob’s Bakery, Treasure Valley Coffee, Southern Idaho Solid Waste, Parks & Sons Inc., and Columbia Electric.
For additional information, please contact Greg Moore of the Southern Idaho Off-Road Association at (208) 539-2012.