Volunteers will join U.S. Forest Service staff on Saturday, February 23rd for the Annual Forest Cleanup. Last year 197 volunteers gleaned over 10.86 tons of trash from the Leon County portion of the Apalachicola National Forest during the Forest Cleanup.
“Illegal dumping continues to be a problem in the forest. We go in each year with teams of volunteers and clean up “hot spots” identified by the Forest Service, Leon County Sheriff’s Department, and forest user groups,” said community volunteer Sharon Gray.
Year after year, organizations and community volunteers come out to participate in the Forest Cleanup. The groups include; Southern Trail Riders, Tallahassee Off Road Club, Capital City Jeepers, FL 4 x 4, Florida Trail Association, Richards National Honor Society, Tallahassee Fellowship Church, Tallahassee Mountain Bike Club, Tallahassee OHV, Dirt Dads, Kyle’s and Forest Edge Neighborhood.
Without strong support from the Leon County Office of Sustainability, the cleanup would not be possible. Leon County Public Works, Solid Waste Division, assists with appropriate sorting and proper disposal of the trash collected. The Leon County Sheriff’s Department provides a list of “hot spots” needing attention in advance and a presence on the day of the event.
Volunteers pickup typical roadside litter as well as address serious dump sites including everything from tires to shingles to electronics to mattresses. There is a site needing attention appropriate for all volunteers. If not familiar with the forest, volunteers are matched with groups that know the forest. Please see “What to Expect” tab for more information.