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Desert Clean-Up Program Makes Mincemeat of Trash

Adopt-a-Spot pilot group Shooters and Trainers Always Responsible with target shooting and windblown trash removed from their spot.

The Southern Nevada District Office Desert Clean-Up program boasted an extremely productive year that made the district’s three million acres of public land much more beautiful. 

Installing post and cable fence to protect environmentally sensitive area.The team took a full court press approach to clean-ups using program staff, Nevada Conservation Corps, fire crews and volunteers to complete a nearly insurmountable task.

In FY 2013, the Desert Clean-Up team hosted 76 clean-up events, removed almost 1,507 cubic yards (about 750 full-size truck beds) of trash, cleaned 510 acres of public land, recycled 467 discarded tires, posted/replaced 417 signs and constructed more than 4,700 feet of post and cable fencing to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

The team also launched its pilot Adopt-a-Spot program to promote community involvement in keeping public land free of trash. Three groups volunteered their time and efforts to clean and maintain selected parcels throughout Southern Nevada for six months. Modeled after the successful Adopt-a-Highway Program, Adopt-a-Spot offers volunteers an opportunity to make a difference on their public lands by selecting an area that is important to them and removing litter. (Kirsten Cannon, Southern Nevada District public affairs specialist)

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Adopt-a-Spot pilot group Shooters and Trainers Always Responsible with target shooting and windblown trash removed from their spot.

Bottom: Installing post and cable fence to protect environmentally sensitive area.