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Illegal dumping up Postill Lake Road in Kelowna

As many positive outdoor activities are seeing an increase through the COVID-19 pandemic, so are some negative ones. According to Kane Blake of the Okanagan Forest Task Force, illegal dumping is on the rise. The task force’s goal is simple, to work to keep forests clean and to bring public awareness to the issue of illegal dumping in local forested areas. A video posted to the task force’s Facebook group shows Blake pointing out, spent rounds of shotgun ammunition, shingles, insulation and dozens of garbage bags strewn across the wooded area along Postill Lake Road, behind the Kelowna International Airport....
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Forest cleared of 22,000 pounds of junk

An army of volunteers cleaned up 15,880 pounds of scrap metal and 6,834 pounds of garbage on the weekend. The latest clean up of Central Okanagan forest has produced more than 22,000 pounds of discarded junk. The latest haul is part of 111,000 pounds of junk pulled out of the bush in the last 10 months by the volunteer Okanagan Forest Task Force. According to the OFTF, that is 111,000 pounds of damaging, disgusting junk, including scrap metal, nails and garbage, as well as pollutants it says selfish people left in the woods. It also is 111,000 pounds of detrimental...
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Names tracked down at illegal dump site

Kane Blake of the Okanagan Forest Task Force is disgusted by what he found over an embankment on Postill Lake Road in Ellison over the weekend. “There’s diapers, tupperware containers, household garbage. Anything you can think of, it’s down there,” Blake said while describing the illegal dump site. Several jugs of used motor oil were also found amongst the garbage. Global Okanagan found several documents with names and addresses. One of the names was tracked down to a man who works in the Ellison area. He doesn’t deny it’s his garbage, but says he paid a friend to bring it...
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Cameras to catch Okanagan residents dumping garbage illegally

Okanagan residents are set to keep a closer eye on illegal dumping in the wilderness. Non-profit group the Okanagan Forest Task Force is in the process of installing cameras to catch people in the act. “We will be hiding them so you can’t see them but they can see you,” task force president Kane Blake said. Blake took a Global Okanagan News crew up the Gillard Forest Service Road on the south slopes of Kelowna on Tuesday morning to show how much garbage has piled up in the forest. “Today in the short time been here we found lots and...
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Dead dog found amongst trash in Okanagan back country

The organizer of the Okanagan Forest Task Force, a group of volunteers that works to keep Okanagan forests cleared of garbage, says he found a dead dog off Postil Lake Road in Ellison. Kane Blake says he was doing a routine check of the area on his way to the shooting range when he peered over a ditch and saw the animal. “Most people bury their pets on their property or take them to the vet, so this was a shock,” Blake said. Blake says he doesn’t know how the dog died or why it was in the ditch. Besides...
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