Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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What to Expect

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This Year Will Be Different

COVID-19 Mitigation Procedures

There will NOT be a briefing or paper sign-in as we have done in the past. DO NOT gather and linger. Make arrangements with your group regarding where you are going to cleanup and go directly there. Should you need trash bags, there will be some on a table at the end of Rivers Road under the power line. A port-a-potty and a hand washing station with hand sanitizer will be provided there as well. No coffee and pastries for breakfast this year. New Federal mandate requires Face masks on Federal property. Please practice social distancing to the extent possible.

General

Wear long pants, closed toed shoes and gloves. Bring any picker-up gadgets you may have. Dress in layers. Take pictures. We would like action shots for the website. Submit pictures to Sharon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sign-up and Sign-in

Pre-register for the Forest Cleanup using the link on the www.forestcleanup.org website. Should your plans change, use the link in your registration confirmation to cancel.

This is Important; Text 850-510-3076 between 7:30 – 9:00 am the day of the event to sign-in. Give your name and confirm your lunch order. You will make a lunch choice when registering. Lunches will include a Sandwich, Chips, Cookies and a Drink. Lunch distribution will be a drive thru and start at Noon at 2012 Rivers Road for those that checked in via text at the beginning of the day.  Follow the arrows to enter and exit the Gray’s carport area. Do not get out of your vehicle.

Unloading

Dumpsters will be positioned as usual at the end of Rivers Rd under the powerlines. Turn left under the power line and off load. Only one vehicle can off load at the time. Stay in your vehicle until the previous vehicle has completely unloaded.

Criminal Activity

If you see any evidence of criminal activity, do not disturb the area and call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850-606-5800.

Safety Information

There are unlimited hazards in the forest.

* Sharp objects: Handle with care when picking up broken glass, sharp metal and building materials with nails, as well as handling a bag containing sharp objects. Do not over-fill trash bags.

* Snakes and Insects: If possible do not disturb. You may use a shovel or other tool to move large objects to be certain there are no snakes, bees, wasps or spiders underneath debris before attempting to pick up.

*Tires: Use caution when moving tires as they are most likely filled with stagnant water.

* Biohazards: If needles are found, contact the non-emergency Sheriff’s Office at 850-606-5800. We are not equipped to collect or dispose of items that may be contaminated with human blood or waste.

* Chemical Hazards: If you find containers with questionable contents (See below for more details.), take a picture and pin the location. Let Forest Service staff know so they can follow up.

Meth labs

While at first glance, these may look like a random assortment of trash. Beware of the serious danger.

How to recognize a Methamphetamine lab

  • Large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, two-liter bottles, lantern fuel cans, engine starting fluid cans, HEET cans, lithium batteries and empty battery packages, wrappers, drain cleaner and duct tape.
  • Unusual, strong odors like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals.
  • Pans containing a powdery residue.
  • Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red paste, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.

What to do?

  • Leave at once and report it by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 850-606-5800.
  • Do not open any coolers.
  • Do not touch any items.
  • Handling methamphetamine waste residue can burn your skin and eyes, and breathing in the gases can send you to the hospital.
  • Handling these chemicals with unprotected skin, or getting the dust in your eyes can cause serious damage.

Cleaning up a meth lab is dangerous and expensive. Much of the waste is highly flammable and explosive. It’s a job for professionals.

Thank you for taking time to read this important information!