Keep Clark County Beautiful volunteers cleaned up over a mile of the Simon Kenton multi-use trail in Springfield, Ohio, on Saturday, April 12. They picked up 25 bags of litter and a dumped tire. Volunteers also removed unsightly tagging from a bridge over the trail. Here, volunteers Kathleen Jedreski and Ryan Peterkoski knock out graffiti.
Keep Clark County Beautiful is helping the National Trail Parks and Recreation District in Springfield, Ohio, to build an educational nature trail for urban youth to learn about local wildlife, and this weekend, they completed the first leg of the trail! Volunteers cleared 38 bags of litter, 20 dumped tires, and hundreds of pounds of dumped plywood while cutting through brush, removing vines and honeysuckle, and preparing the brand new trail for its signage.
Volunteers from the Interact Club consisting of students from Lake Placid High School and Lake Placid Middle School under the guidance of Deputy Michael Brod joined the Keep Highway Park Beautiful Commission, the Highway Park Neighborhood Council and local volunteers to clear brush and overgrowth from the historic Highway Park Cemetery.
Almost unreadable headstones lay broken, toppled and overgrown by weeds. Large trees with deep roots are shifting monuments and toppling other headstones. “Each of those stones has an interesting story to it and it is important to maintain that piece of our town’s history. We must not let it be buried, literally, again,” said Evelyn Colon, executive director of the Highway Park Neighborhood Council, in appeals to the community to help restore the cemetery.
Over 15 volunteers, most from within the Highway Park Community, came to help with this cleanup. Debris, shrubbery and trash filled 29 over-sized garbage bags. The 20-foot flagpole holding the U.S. flag, which had been damaged in a storm, was removed to be replaced in the very near future. Loose stones were picked up, grass was mowed, weeds trimmed away from the graves, and trees were trimmed.
Unincorporated towns with no budgets have often had little to no money to improve their cemeteries, leading to disrepair, crumbling gravestones, overgrown grass, persistent weeds, and no irrigation to sustain flowers or grass. This cleanup is one of many planned activities to restore the Highway Park Cemetery. It is hoped that with this and subsequent efforts, the cemetery will be better preserved to include historic signage and fencing.
The Highway Park Neighborhood Council, Keep Highway Park Beautiful and the Highway Park Ministerial Alliance are working together to beautify and restore dignity to our cemetery. Donations are welcome. For more information or to volunteer, please call Tiffany Green, HPNG president, at 863-840-2995.
The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) hosted their first Great American Cleanup event on March 22. Six volunteers and two staff members removed more than 350 tires from the Terre Noire Natural Area in Southwest Arkansas! The ANHC partnered with a local tire recycling company to ensure the tires did not make their way to a landfill. Thank you, ANHC!
On March 1, 2014, the Whitetail Assassins of Arkansas hosted “Trashin’ with the Assassin,” an ATV litter pick-up of Mount Magazine State Park.
Seven volunteers removed approximately 400 pounds of litter from fifteen miles of roads and trails surrounding Mount Magazine. From the litter removed, they were able to recycle around 75 pounds of plastic, aluminum and glass.
Keep Clark County Beautiful is helping the National Trail Parks and Recreation District in Springfield, Ohio, to create an educational nature walk trail for urban youth with little or no access to wilderness areas in the city. On Sunday, March 31, 2014, volunteers removed over 1,000 lbs. of litter from the soon-to-be trail, along with dozens of dumped tires and other bulk items. Utilizing KCCB’s new Community Cleanup Trailer, volunteers were also able to clear vines, weeds, and honeysuckle from the trail as well.
Nearly 200 volunteers gathered for Turner Bend Outfitter’s 23rd annual Mulberry River Cleanup Day on March 1. Volunteers spread out across the Mulberry River Valley by foot, ATVs, trucks, and canoes. Within four hours, the Mulberry River was clean from Wolf Pen to Milton Ford (about 25 miles).
Volunteers also cleaned the shuttle roads from Ozark to Shore Lake (about 30 miles), and all the access points in between. Participation was so strong that volunteers also cleaned Highway 23 from Fly Gap to the Mulberry Valley, along with portions of White Rock Road and Morgan Mountain Road.
All in all, more than 5,000 pounds of litter was removed from the Mulberry River Valley and its surroundings. 38 miles of roadways were cleaned, and 25 miles of waterways. Thank you to Turner Bend Outfitter & their amazing team of volunteers!
On March 8, nearly 200 volunteers gathered in 5 communities with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership for the 7th Annual Riparian Project in Northwest Arkansas.
Volunteers planted over 4,000 native tree seedlings in the Illinois River Watershed and removed more than 600 pounds of litter! We’re looking forward to the 8th Annual Riparian Project in 2015!