Trails Day cleanup planned

Millions of outdoors lovers celebrate National Trails Day each year across the country, but this will be the first year the event is celebrated locally.

People can head to Tabaguache trail head June 6 for a volunteer cleanup of trash and dog feces that have long accumulated at the popular recreation trails west of Grand Junction.

“It’s never really had a good cleanup,” said Marea Goodman, outreach specialist with REI, who’s organizing the event. “It’s so heavily used that you’re always going to have to have cleanups.”

Other trails and recreation areas around Grand Junction are sponsored by nonprofit groups that take care to keep beloved wild areas clean. For some reason, the Bureau of Land Management trail system off Monument Road has never enjoyed that kind of support, Goodman said.

“Tabaguache somehow has slipped through that net,” she said.

A group named Friends of Tabaguache is forming to help keep the area clean.

The work starts at 8:30 a.m. June 6. There will be refreshments, freebies and prizes. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at http://www.volunteersoutdoors.net, but anyone can help.

“This is just the first step,” Goodman said. “The long term goal is to get people to help keep this place nice.”


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