Northern Pinal County Superstition Foothills Environmental Stewardship
Peralta Road and Arizona State Trust Land is considered the initial cleanup region and is maintaining a remarkable level of cleanliness with less and less off-road and throwaway debris. A small crew swept the area and surrounding foothills not even filling a landscape trailer full of trash. The second crew in this area had to deal with the large, single person household dump. This dedicated group of twelve, supported by a tractor filled an entire 40 yard roll-off dumpster, totaling 3.3 tons.
Entrada del Oro and El Camino Viejo vicinity is also maintaining a high level of cleanliness except for several sites which are still being used for illegal target shooting. This area is adopted and maintained by the rancher and his crew along with a dedicated group of users. The trash from this area filled another 40 yard dumpster to the top with 3.27 tons. Another problem in this large area is the continued dumping of tires. This year over 250 tires were gathered and will be recycled.
Hewitt Station Road and Queen Valley Dam section remains the largest and most serious trashing of natural resources in the areas our event covers. This year 250 volunteers were directed to these sites and covered almost 24 square miles on the Tonto National Forest. There were 10 major sites assigned as well as three crews specifically assigned to shooting pits off the road system. All of the trash in this area is specifically trigger trash, including car parts, TV’s, propane bottles and palettes virtually destroyed by bullet holes. In addition the entire area is covered with small target pieces and shooting debris. Volunteers combed and climbed the area, picking up, racking and piling the trash into bigger piles where donated large equipment scooped it up and brought it to the dumpsters. Three 40 yard dumpsters were filled to the top. The total tonnage removed was 20 tons. Volunteers then enjoyed the donated lunch by Red Bear Outfitters.
From Gold Canyon to Superior, over 300 volunteers made their Footprints Matter at Saturday’s 7th annual cleanup event. Volunteers gathered in three different specific target areas, each with their own special needs.
Old Florence - Kelvin Highway April 30th
Surrounding Superior - October 1st
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65 volunteers and large equipment show up to make light work of picking up enough trash to fill 5 dumpsters to the brim. Tonto National Forest, Globe was on hand to help and direct the volunteers to over 15 sites of household, landscape and commercial dumping. Smiling faces and many new supporting businesses are a winning combination. Our thanks to: Arizona Trail Association, Empire Cat, The Home Depot on US60 & Crismon in Mesa, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Imerys, Omya, Resolution Copper, Right Away Disposal, Superior Arizona Chamber, U.S. Forest Service - Tonto National Forest, Globe District, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department Mesa Region, Legends of Superior Trails - Superior, Arizona, Oddonetto Construction, Superior Optimist Club, Mayor, Mila Besich-Lira, Pete Casilla, Superior Police Department, Superior Fire Department, Superior Unified School District #15, Town of Superior, Pinal County, Arizona, Superstition Area Land Trust, Judd Bowers, local ranchers, volunteers and everyone else who came out & supported the event. Thank you, we are grateful for your support!
Volunteers removed mattresses, several couches, a broken concrete pile, shingles, a hot tub cut in half, tires, and broken glass and trash scattered throughout the area.