The Okanagan Forest Task Force isn’t just a Facebook page where people lay out their complaints, those who belong to the group actually get the job done.
Lead by organizer Kane Blake, volunteers will once again head into the back-country of the Okanagan and clean up after those who, for some reason, have decided to turn the woods into a landfill.
This is the second clean-up by the OFTF in just two weeks and Saturday’s event will take place in the same exact spot as the last time.
A 40 yard dumpster full of garbage was taken out of the Postill Lake Road area by the group but more trash still remains.
Blake says their slogan is ‘Working to Keep our Forests Clean’ and members are all like-minded people who love and respect the great outdoors, from hunters, to hikers, trail riders, ATV-ers, snow- mobiler’s, and campers.
“We all love the bush. What we don’t love is taking our families out there for a weekend of fun, only to come across piles and piles of garbage that others have left behind. Old furniture, construction waste, appliances, you name it…it’s just sad and sickening to see it. This is our backyard, we respect it, and we want others to do the same.”
Saturday’s clean up will take place at 8 a.m. where Postill Lake Road turns from pavement to gravel.
“Yes, we’ve accomplished a lot already, but sadly there’s lots more garbage out there. We have all the equipment and gear lined up already, what we need is more help,” said Blake. “Everyone is welcome, it’s a family event, kids are welcome too.”
Rae Stewart with the Regional Waste Reduction Office says their office fully supports the OFTF cause.
“We salute these dedicated volunteers, we could sure use more of them, and we hope they continue to connect and help us stamp out illegal dumping once and for all one day.”
The Regional Waste Reduction Office will be assisting once again by covering the cost of some heavy equipment to support the clean-up, paying for a 40 yard dumpster, plus supplying the safety gear the volunteers require, and covering the tipping fees at the landfill.
“It’s a beautiful wilderness corridor that’s heavily-frequented by outdoor groups and nature enthusiasts, so for someone to sully it with their garbage is a real travesty and unfortunately garbage begets more garbage,” said Stewart.
“When you consider the time and gas it takes to drive out into the bush as well as vehicle wear and tear, illegal dumping is completely senseless. We have many options in our community for the proper disposal of waste, many of which are low cost and some are free.”
This site is also designed to be a home base to facilitate the connecting and the networking of concerned citizens who would like to contribute to the cause of keeping the Okanagan’s forested and rural areas in good condition.
If you find any dump sites or littering while out enjoying our local natural areas click here to report it.
The Regional Waste Reduction Office will supply any groups interested in cleaning up their community with bags and gloves to support their efforts, and will arrange for the collection and disposal of the garbage collected