Placer Land Trust was one of Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s 50 partner organizations who participated in the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup. The event took place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9am-12pm. Canyon View preserve and the surrounding area around the Codfish Falls Trail Preserve were our two cleanup sites this year. Collectively, the two sites pulled together over 30 volunteers to remove more than 1300 lbs of trash and recyclables. Some of our more interesting items found this year were a kayak and an oil filter.
Although cleaning trash; glass bottles, cigarette butts, dirty socks and scrap metal, can be a dirty job; volunteers managed to fit in some recreational time by swimming in the North Fork American River to collect aluminum cans lying at the bottom. The Canyon View crew had volunteers of all ages, ranging from 2 – 72.
Overall the cleanup event took place at 100 sites in the Sierra, and included almost every watershed. Volunteers totaled about 2,000 who collected 36,000 pounds of trash. Placer Land Trust wants to thank all of our volunteers for all their hard work at both our sites as well as the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for hosting another great cleanup.