Volunteers Cleanup on National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 25, 2010, was National Public Lands Day and the Utah 4x4 Club marked the occasion by conducting a cleanup on BLM-managed lands at a popular off highway vehicle (OHV) area near the end of Washington Dam Road. Variety of trash collected on cleanup day

Eleven members of the club came from all over Washington County to clean up the popular site, which is located just a few minutes from downtown Washington, UT.

In just over three hours, the dedicated volunteers loaded pallets, lumber, cardboard, tires, and abandoned vehicle parts into a waiting dumpster. They also filled 45 garbage bags with broken glass, shotgun shells, spent cartridges, and aluminum cans. 

The club formally adopted the area in 2008, which means they will monitor for illegal activities and perform cleanup as necessary. As part of the project, two signs showing the club’s name were replaced. The signs state that the club has adopted the area in the hopes that it will eliminate the illegal dumping and garbage accumulation.

This project is the fifth cleanup effort the club has performed with BLM. And it won’t be their last. Before the end of day, they were already planning their next project. In addition to cleanup efforts, the Club educates others on the responsible use of public lands and sustainable OHV use.

BLM Park Ranger, Steve Prather, took part in the Saturday cleanup. “This is certainly a dedicated group of volunteers, working year after year with BLM to eliminate irresponsible use of public lands,” said Steve. “The BLM St. George Field Office is fortunate to not only have this Club in Washington County, but that they are so generous with their time.”

4x4 Club Members4x4 Club unloading trash into dumpster