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Illegal dump cleaned up by non-profit

Illegal dump cleaned up by non-profit Organizer Kane Blake of the Okanagan Forest Task Force cleans up an illegal dump site. From roses, to permission slips, to UPS receipts — Kane Blake of Okanagan Forest Task Force packed up five bags of garbage from a forest service road. Kane says he was alerted to the illegal dump on Monday morning through the OFTF Facebook page. “I just went up and dealt with the dump myself, it took a couple hours and I packed about five garbage bags up and took it too the landfill,” he said, explaining it only cost...
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Website hits illegal dumps

A new website has popped up, targeting illegal dumps in the Okanagan. The site, put together by the Okanagan Forest Task Force, will provide video and photos of illegal dumps and find those willing to clean up the mess. It also includes a “Clean the Creek” app. OFTF spokesperson Kane Blake says support for the organization has gone “through the roof,” since their first clear up effort of the year. “In our first four months of existence we have managed to remove 26,488 pounds of garbage and pulled out 25,480 pounds of scrap metal,” says Blake. “That is an amazing 51,928 pounds...
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Don’t approach dumpers

The Okanagan Forest Task Force is working with police to ensure another incident like the one that took place Friday night doesn’t happen again. Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says police received a report of an altercation in the area of Chute Lake Road and Gillard Forest Road late Nov. 11. “The altercation resulted in an individual being pushed before the parties went their separate ways,” said O’Donaghey in a release. Both O’Donaghey and Kane Blake the organizer of OFTF are urging the public not to confront anyone who might be illegally dumping. “RCMP would like to remind residents to call police, city...
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Cleanup continues in memory of man who disappeared from Kelowna backcountry 3 years ago

A nearly two-month long cleanup effort in Kelowna’s back country continues in honour of a man who went missing from the area about three years ago. The Okanagan Forest Task Force (OFTF) has cleaned up two sites since the group started its effort at the end of August and a third cleanup effort is planned for Nov. 5, according to OFTF spokesperson Kane Blake. “We are planning on cleaning up what’s left from the sad disappearance of Terrance Michael Landon,” Blake said in a news release. It was on Dec. 26, 2013 that Landon went missing, leaving behind a truck and...
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OFTF to the rescue

Another forest cleanup in the Okanagan recently brought an astounding amount of garbage out of the backcountry and into a proper landfill. Volunteers with the Okanagan Forest Task Force (OFTF) have been hard at work over the last month trying to draw attention to the overwhelming number of illegal dump sites in the valley. Kane Blake, the group’s organizer, says last Saturday dozens of volunteers helped clean-up the area near Postill Lake Road. “We pulled out a whopping 4,480 pounds of nails from old pallets that had been burned in just one fire pit up there,” Blake said. “Probably 20 years worth...
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