Scouts Clean Up on National Public Lands Day 2011
On Saturday, September 24, 2011, National Public Lands Day was recognized by 75 volunteers conducting a cleanup on BLM-managed lands at the southern end of the Sand Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
Members of the Zion District of the Boy Scouts of America came from all over Washington County to clean up the popular site, which is located just a few minutes south of downtown Hurricane, Utah.
The dedicated volunteers loaded abandoned computer parts, trash, broken glass, shotgun shells, spent cartridges, and beer cans, and building materials into a waiting dumpster. The Zion District Scouts have formally adopted the area, which means they will perform cleanups as necessary.
BLM Park Ranger, Ben Cramer, took part in the cleanup and was impressed with the scouts’ work ethic and their dedication to keeping the area clean. “Without a doubt these kids are motivated and energetic, especially early on a Saturday morning,” said Cramer. “It was a beautiful fall weekend, and the scouts decided to spend it getting dirty and cleaning up public lands. The BLM St. George Field Office is lucky to have this group of volunteers.”