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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 402

BLM’s Keyesville area gets a spring-clean during Kern Valley Pride Day!

Visitors to the Kern Valley on Sept. 19 couldn’t help but notice all the litter picking, trash hauling and general clean-up going on. Kern Valley Pride day was started in 1986 as part of the “Take Pride in America” celebrations in response to President Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union address. In the event, volunteers clean-up as much of the valley as possible and the best, biggest and most are awarded a selection of prizes. (text continues below)

More than half a dozen volunteers load carry tires and load them onto the back of a truck

This year, BLM’s Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area got extra attention as the BLM’s regular volunteers brought their friends and family to help clean-up Keyesville. BLM volunteer Ruth Baker exclaimed “there’s just so much trash out here”; her husband, Wayne, also a BLM volunteer, added “it’s great to see so many people helping out.” Taking their daily volunteer trash-picking and area clean-up to the extreme, the BLM volunteers managed to sweep up second place in the Kern Valley competition, bringing in over 115 bags of trash, 10 tires, six broken chairs, two TVs and one broken Porta-Potty.

As the Pride Day clean-up events took place in the valley, the BLM fire crew stationed at South Fork Fire Station took to the Kiavah Wilderness to add their efforts to the clean-up. Organized by Joaquin Martinez, BLM Bakersfield’s warehouse manager, the fire crew and range staff removed more than two tons of tires illegally dumped on the edge of the Kiavah Wilderness. The area where the tires were dumped is slated to be restored as part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project that includes fencing and signing the Kiavah Wilderness boundary to discourage future dumping at these sites.

A man kneels to pick up a pile of trash, while a man and woman work with trash and black trash bags
Ruth and Wayne Baker and friends collect trash

- Dave Christy, BLM Central California District, 9/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 402

Last updated: 09-29-2009