Northern Pinal County Superstition Foothills Environmental Stewardship
Arizona State Trust Land: The rewarding success of minimal trash found in these areas was evident to returning Volunteers from the Peralta Hiking Club, local ranchers, local residents and winter residents of the Arizonian RV Park . Trigger trash on past shooting sites on the ASTL has been eliminated for the most part, and trash is entirely gone from the Peralta area. Unfortunately, the new trash found this year was numerous household and landscaping debris dumping sites. At the end of the day, 20.8 tons were removed from the desert in this area.
Tonto National Forest, Hewitt Station Road and the Whitlow Dam
Our main focus in this area was on the major target shooting areas. For the safety of our volunteers there were a few sites that were unobtainable due to the abundance of rain. Amazingly, the volunteers worked hard and we restored more than a dozen massive trash sites.
Special Thanks: We would also like to thank all of the organizations who helped make this cleanup a success: Arizona Trail Association, Arizona Game & Fish Department Mesa Region, Arizona State Land Department, Empire Cat, The Home Depot, Imerys, Pinal County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Forest Service - Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District. Thank you to members of Tonto Recreation Alliance and the Gold Canyon Lions Club coming out and volunteering with us!
We would also like to thank Right Away Disposal, Republic Services, Weinberger Waste and Disposal, and J. Bowers and Associates for providing the dumpsters for the event. And thanks to Pinal County Public Works for the tire dumpster and tire recycling.
166 Volunteers Made a Difference on Tonto National Forest and Arizona State Trust Land
NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL COMMITTED CITIZENS
CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, These words were brought to action today.
For those of us who live in and love the desert, we welcomed the rain that came over the days prior to our event, for it means life in the desert will thrive. We were blessed that the rain stopped and even though it was cloudy, windy and cold (by Arizona standards), the volunteers who came worked hard and generated warmth by their smiles.
SMILES, SUCCUSS and THANKS
Here's some of the ways we are making a difference:
Self Responsibility; Picking up after yourselves and utilizing the opportunity given by the 'trigger trash dumpster' (on Tonto National Forest Land)
Education;Knowing where you are and what the rules are.
Knowledge: Signage that we have made possible on ASTL and TNF
Ownership: Taking responsibility when you recreate on the land and when you live by the land