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Clean up at Giant Rock with great people

"I watch them at night pull up and unload trash." He asked "What can I do?"  It was fantastic to hear and see people wanting to make a difference!

This clean up project was a good 125 people on quads, bikes, in jeeps, trucks, vans and cars. There was a BBQ lunch donated by a local restaurant and a raffle in which everyone who participated received a ticket.

The real story here is this community clean up started with two people. Dan and Becky, a couple who have a local retreat there, saw the trash taking over and decided one day to go out and "pack out some trash". Their friends joined in that first year and the effort has since grown into an annual event, even the local newspaper gets involved to advertise the community project. The restaurant donates lunch ever year and the local landfill does not charge for the dump that's needed after all the trash is collected.

We are happy to share this story. A shinning example of what people can do! When we, as individuals, come together, we form a much larger group. We make an impact together!

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Public-Private Partnership to “Generate Growth” During Economic Downturn

Stater Bros., Coca-Cola and California State Parks Team Up to Reforest Wildfire Areas: Goal to Plant One Million Trees

San Bernardino, CA (PRWEB) April 7, 2009 -- Stater Bros. Supermarkets, Coca-Cola, and California State Parks today announced 'Reforest California,' a campaign to raise much-needed funds for reforestation and fire prevention in California State Parks hit hard by wildfires over the past six years. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park near San Diego and Chino Hills State Park in San Bernardino County, two areas heavily impacted by the wildfires, will be the primary recipients of the campaign's goal to add one million native trees.

With the slogan "Join the Million Tree Challenge," the campaign challenges consumers and private businesses to participate and raise money towards the goal of creating 1,800 acres of newly planted trees - an area more than twice the size of Lake Arrowhead. It is estimated that this could result in seven million dollars in environmental savings each year due to energy conservation and reduced pollution. To supplement the campaign's reforestation efforts, a fire prevention education program will be implemented in five State parks: Cuyamaca Rancho, Chino Hills, Silverwood Lake, Mount San Jacinto and Palomar Mountain State Parks.

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Friends of the High Lakes to Host Clean-up

Friends of the High Lakes will be holding a giant Clean Up project on Saturday June 13, 2009, similar to ones in late September 2007, and 2008.

They will be meeting at Spring Valley Lake at 8:00 am, Saturday June 13, 2009.  Volunteers are encouraged to come days early, or stay days later, should you wish to camp, but the Clean Up event is just Saturday.  Nearest towns are Magalia, Paradise, and Chico, CA.  Click here for a map:  http://www.friendsofhighlakes.com/maps/highLAKESmap23.jpg

Each of the Adopt-a-Trail Clubs and teams should send enough help, for their segments.

Help is needed as every trail will likely have some downfall from the winter storms, and water courses where they shouldn't be, and much signage to install.

There will also be work to do in all of the camp areas, and every inch of trails and can use all the help that can make it.

For this Spring event, it will be work effort only, saving the raffle / dinner / fund raising for the Fall event which will be Saturday, September 26, 2009, so you can mark your calendars, now.

Feel free to bring friends, families, and neighbors, perhaps a shovel and maybe a rake, and a good attitude. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Bring your own food and drink for this event.

T-shirts, Hooded sweatshirts, hats and other swag for sale there.

The only thing that may delay this is a freak, late snow storm, and we'll let you know should that happen.

For more information about the clean-up, contact [email protected]

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Hang'm High Jose Basin Trail Project

On the second day, volunteers went out on trail to build some water bars too keep the road from eroding and developing deep ruts. Workers had to clear downed trees, remove brush, and dig drainage channels to help with the water flow.

Overall, four water bars were built on the way to waterfall and more work remains too be done. Club members are hoping to be able to get before the snow comes and the gates are closed for the season to accomplish more work.

Hang’m High hosts the Jose Basin Memorial Day run each year and it is their responsibility to ensure that the trail is maintained. They want to be able to keep hosting the run for years to come for the younger generations.

Volunteers from Hang’m High included: President - Brendt Cumming, Vice President - Jeremy Ellis, Secretary - Raenette Terry, Delegate - Brian Shadrick, John and Sarah Balance and two of their younger members, Madison Redding and Joshua Shadrick. Having younger members help with the work will hopefully give them respect for the trail.

This is not the first time the Hang’m High Club has done work on the trail. Last year they helped USFS put in a new gate that had been destroyed. Additional projects include work to close re-routes, repair fencing and gates, and maintain the trails. The Hang’m High Club will be doing more in the future with USFS to keep trails open and clean.

To see photos of the work project visit Hang'm High Four Wheel Drive Club on FaceBook.

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BLM Colorado National Public Lands Day Extreme Rock Crawling Trails Project

“The amount of work that was accomplished in one day was incredible,” said Blake Treadway, BLM Montrose Outdoor Recreation Planner. "It would have taken the BLM’s small OHV Crew weeks."

The new signs will identify the trails, rules, and required equipment for rock crawlers visiting the area. The next step, which is currently under way, is painting and applying decals on the signs.

The BLM manages more land - more than 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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