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News.bytes Extra, issue 509

National Public Lands Day Clean-Up at La Quinta Cove

A clean-up event scheduled to beat the desert heat was held October 29 in celebration of the 2011 National Public Lands Day (most NPLD events were held on Sept. 24). Beautiful weather conditions provided a pleasant morning for about 4 hours of work. The event, sponsored by the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument sponsored was held at the La Quinta Cove Oasis trail complex. The clean-up project was conducted at a now closed and previously unauthorized dump site near the Boo Hoff and Cove to Lake trails that lead into the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.  (text continues below)

a boy pushes a wheelbarrow full of debris
Cleanup volunteer Ben is also a regular National Monument Junior Ranger and Weed Warrior volunteer.

a student carries an abandoned tire
A La Quinta High School volunteer helps carry the load.

A safe and productive effort was organized for trash and debris removal. A total of 32 volunteer and four staff participants enjoyed the opportunity to remove from view of the trails over 2 ½ tons of unsightly surface trash and debris.  A grant from the National Public Lands Day Foundation was used to buy materials and tools for the project like collapsible trash cans, trash bags and gloves.  The Bureau of Land Management and Friends of the Desert Mountains collaborated with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and organized with event partners Nestle Waters of North America, City of La Quinta, Coachella Valley Water District, Coachella Valley Association of Governments, La Quinta Cove Neighborhood Association, La Quinta High School PSA/LEO youth groups, and Burrtec waste services to make the project successful.  SCA and Nestle Waters provided water, snacks and lunches for the event. Burrtec placed two dumpsters and a port-a-potty on location for the events use. The City of La Quinta provided wheelbarrows and a front-end loader with operator which made the participants efforts much more efficient. Friends of the Desert Mountains set up two tents and tables at the trailhead parking. There was a sign-up and handing out of NPLD T-shirts to start the morning. The event ended with smiles, full bellies, and NPLD fee-free passes for everyone. It was a job well done by all involved.

students work behind a large pile of trash 
The piles quickly grew for the loader operator to retrieve later.

a girl carries equipment
A La Quinta High School volunteer helps carry the load.

- Steven D. Harris, outdoor recreation planner, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, 11/10/11 

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Last updated: 11-30-2011