Scouts Clean Up on National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 26, 2009, National Public Lands Day got a head start by conducting a cleanup on BLM-managed lands at the southern end of the Sand Mountain off-highway vehicle area.
Sixteen members of the Zion District Scouts came from all over Washington County to clean up the popular site, which is located just a few minutes south of downtown Hurricane, Utah.
In just four hours, the dedicated volunteers loaded abandoned computers, mattresses, and building materials into a waiting dumpster. They also filled a dozen garbage bags with broken glass, shotgun shells, spent cartridges, and beer cans.
The Zion District Scouts have formally adopted the area, which means they will perform cleanups as necessary. A sign showing the club’s name will be installed at a major intersection in the area. The sign will state that the club has adopted the area and the scouts’ hope that will eliminate the illegal dumping and garbage accumulation.
BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, Dave Kiel, 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 at eight o’clock in the morning,” said Kiel. “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.”