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East Fork Lewis River Clean Up Day


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Thank You Community Volunteers for Helping to

Clean-up the East Fork Lewis River and Ape Cave

On Saturday, September 23rd 125 people came out to support National Public Lands Day and to help clean-up and maintain recreation facilities in the headwaters of the East Fork of the Lewis River. Forest Service employees were joined by volunteers from the Mount St. Helens Institute, area Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Battle Groundís Center for Agriculture Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) program, the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Fish First, Friends of the East Fork and area residents. It was a great feeling to see our community out in force helping to clean-up and protect such a beautiful place.

On Saturday, volunteers removed more than 20 yards of trash from dispersed camp sites and dumpsites, helped brush out a hiking trail, and worked on maintenance of Sunset Falls Campground.

We held a Friday night campfire talk at Sunset Falls Campground that yielded excellent ideas for how we can continue to work together in the future. The weekend events are the first in a series of collaborative efforts to take back the East Fork and restore it to the kind of place conducive to family recreation and thriving fish and wildlife.

The Take Back the East Fork event was sponsored by the Mount St. Helens Institute and was made possible through generous donations provided by Safeway, Culligan Water, the Battle Ground Lions Club, Jennings Recycling, and Starbucks Coffee in Battle Ground.

On Sunday, members of the Oregon Grotto of the National Speleological Society were joined by Boy Scouts in a clean-up of Ape Cave.

Next Saturday, September 30th, a roadside clean-up of the 90 Road is being sponsored by the Swift Community Action Team and North Fork Residents. To join in on this clean-up, please contact Mary J. Dowell at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument headquarters at (360) 449-7835, or Jessica Kimmick, Mount St Helens Institute at (360) 449-7883.

I want to thank everyone who helped out, and invite others to join us next time!

Tom Mulder
Monument Manager
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument


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