Pend d’Oreille cleanup not over

Clean up efforts at Pend d'Oreille appreciated, but need to be ongoing.

On April 11 and 12, a group of friends and I held an Early Earth Day event in the Pend d’Oreille  after noticing just how much trash was in the brush.

It was a lot of work, for a great cause. Our group consisting of a total of 26 people, managed to pull out an enormous amount of trash. Ranging from truck parts, oil quarts, household junk, and of course bottles and cans. Volunteers did an amazing job of covering popular campsites and roads.

Although we heard of a raging storm hitting the Montrose/ Fruitvale area,  Mother Nature was grateful and the volunteers felt not one drop of rain throughout both Saturday & Sunday

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Aklands for supplying bags, gloves, totes & other items to make this event possible and to the RDKB for waving dumping fees for the cause.

We would also like to recognize a lone soldier who came out early Saturday morning in a forest green Subaru type vehicle.

This individual came prepared to work and pulled far more than his share. Your help was greatly noticed and appreciated.

At the end of it all, we came to realize just how many people utilize the Pend d’Oreille however only 26 people were in attendance over the weekend.

Seeing the dent this small number has made in the years of accumulated trash I have decided to continue to slowly pick away at the remainder throughout the week and weekend. I have decided to leave the bag/glove stations posted in the hopes that passersby may wish to lend a hand while they are out enjoying our paradise.

Bag locations as follows: Buckley Cattleguard, Shotgun (lookout point) and the Salmo River bridge. All bags and metal junk can be dropped at the Shotgun (lookout) point for proper disposal and bag count.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who made this possible and who have been an inspiration to others.

I feel we have all gone home with a sense of pride and accomplishment this weekend.

Anyone wanting more information or wishing to lend a hand please call Dusty at 250-368-7853

Dusty-Ann Campbell

Rossland