Make a positive difference; community cleanup planned for heavily used recreation area

This file photo shows trash dumped out in the public land area south of Bear Claw Poppy trail, St. George, Utah, Sept. 26, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Bloomington Community Council members and volunteers are gearing up for their 5th annual Presidents Day community cleanup event on the Bureau of Land Management land at the end of Navajo Drive in the Bloomington area of St. George.

This file photo shows litter dumped out in the public land area south of Bear Claw Poppy trail, St. George, Utah, Sept. 26, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

The event, which will take place Monday from 9-11 a.m., honors past presidents and the positive differences many of them made in the world by helping make the community a little bit better, said volunteer Marta Harr.

The cleanup area is a popular recreation site for shooting, off-roading and also contains the trailhead for the popular Bear Claw Poppy mountain bike trail.

Volunteers will be cleaning up trash that has been dumped in the area such as broken electronics, furniture and glass.

“It is so fun to live in a community where you can rub shoulders with other families who want to take care of their surroundings,” Harr said.

Community members are invited to join in the cleanup efforts and should plan to bring gloves, garbage bags and a smile, Harr said.

Event details

  • What: Community cleanup.
  • When: Monday, Feb. 19, 9-11 a.m.
  • Where: End of Navajo Drive in Bloomington area of St. George.
  • Additional information: Bring gloves and trash bags.

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  • Caveat_Emptor February 17, 2018 at 8:51 am

    As noted, this is a recurring event, and we all appreciate the folks who come out and volunteer.
    As a periodic user of the BCP trail, I appreciate the relatively “clean” side of the fence for riding, and imagine that the peer pressure from other riders dissuades folks from leaving water bottles and wrappers behind on the trail system.

    The trailhead parking lot is close to utilities. It seems like a no-brainer to put a camera system at the entrance, to record cars/trucks coming and going. The point being: if someone enters the open BLM area with a trailer, or pick up truck bed, full of junk, and mysteriously leaves empty, one would suspect they dropped their “load”. Video surveillance might be a deterrence…..

  • Real Life February 17, 2018 at 8:59 am

    The idiot hillbillies that drag their old tv’s out there to shoot at owe these people a big thanks.

  • Striker4 February 17, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Well it’s good to go out there and clean up the garbage to make room for more garbage it’s obvious the ( traders ) don’t care

  • Striker4 February 17, 2018 at 9:44 am

    traders = trashers …pffft auto correct

  • Lee Sanders February 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    One comment, the area immediately west of the end of Navajo Drive is Utah SITLA, not BLM. Completely different management philosophy. SITLA’s primary objective of their ownership is to make as much money as possible off their lands. Don’t think they make much money off that parcel, but they commit almost nothing to stewardship of the lands. Thanks to volunteers such as Desert Roads and Trails Society, Washington County’s “Give Your Land a Hand”, Bloomington Community Council and various individuals, the land is much less a dump than it used to be.

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