Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, Little Rock, Ark.

The Central Arkansas Master Naturalists coordinated the Clark Wetlands Cleanup in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in April. Volunteers worked for 3.5 hours to remove litter from in and around the William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands at the Clinton Presidential Center. They cleaned approximately 13 acres, removing 600 pounds of litter! Way to go, Central Arkansas Master Naturalists!

South End Neighborhood Association, Little Rock, AR

Dr. Minnie Hatchett coordinated the 11th Annual South End Neighborhood Association’s Great American Cleanup on April 26. Almost 200 volunteers gathered to reduce litter from Interstate 30 to Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. They removed 8,000 pounds of litter from 35 miles of roadways and two parks, cleaning five illegal dumps and four junk vehicles on dead end streets. They recycled any tires they collected, and also donated 15 bags of aluminum to the local organization, Helping Hand, a local non-profit that provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy to children.

Arkansas Geocachers, Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Geocachers gathered at Boyle Park in Little Rock for Geoaching’s 12th Annual “Cache In Trash Out” (CITO) Weekend. Geocaching encourages geocachers to help improve parks and other geocaching-friendly locations. Mike and Susan Smith Dodson coordinated their CITO at Boyle Park on April 26. 35 volunteers removed approximately 800 pounds of litter from in and around the city park. We are so grateful to work with the Geocaching community!

To read more about CITO events, please visit: http://www.geocaching.com/cito/

Keep Little Rock Beautiful – Little Rock, AR

Keep Little Rock Beautiful joined forces with Audubon Arkansas and concerned citizens to help form the organization, “Friends of Fourche Creek.”

Gaining support from local sponsors, such as Starbucks and Waste Management, the partnering organizations were able to remove a significant amount of litter (3,000 pounds) and also recycle a significant amount of recyclables that were littered (an additional 3,000 pounds). Special thanks to everyone who volunteered to help keep Fourche Creek beautiful!