Volunteers needed for Imperial Sand Dunes clean-up

Imperial Sand Dunes – An event is taking place Saturday to clean up the Imperial Sand Dunes. The trash is a common eye sore in the area.

Kathy Foote, co-owner of KD Cycle, said she will join about 2,000 people to help clean up the trash.  Foote said, “[It’s] a great natural resource that’s in our backyard that we need to protect for our future use.” Event organizers said visitors from all over the country, even all over the world will lend a helping hand.

The dunes clean up project began 17 years ago. Project Manager Charla Teeters believes most dune goers share a sense of responsibility to
leave the land as they found it. Teeters said, “You want to have unobstructed areas to ride. You want to make sure you’re taking resources.”

Participants said the clean-up efforts are paying off.  Foote said there’s less trash piling up. Foote said, “We’ve seen in the past clean ups would fill dumpsters full. We don’t fill quite as many dumpsters. People are becoming a lot more aware and realizing the importance of it.”

Participants have a chance to win prizes and will get free food. The Bureau of Land Management is waiving fees throughout Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. You can visit www.uniteddesertgateway.org for more information.

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