June 12, 2023

Wasatch Stewardship Project - Little Cottonwood Trailhead Cleanups

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This was the fourth Stewardship Project of the season, again partnering with the Salt Lake Ranger District.  We met at the Little Cottonwood Park and ride with the plan to conduct a trash cleanup at some of the major trailheads in Little Cottonwood Canyon(Park and Ride, Grist Mill, White/Red Pine).  

The turnout for this date was exceptional with twelve people attending from Save Our Canyons outreach.  We spent about thirty minutes at each trailhead and split into groups of two or three to conquer each area.  We came away with mostly the corners of granola bars and straws, but we also managed to collect a few larger items.  An entire rusted out car bumper, a rotted pumpkin filled with halloween candy, a few blocks of concrete, and a whole lot of beers cans.

It was a heavy winter with lots of activity and now that the trailheads are exposed, the remnants were clear as we saw on Saturday.  That being said, Save Our Canyons feels that diligence toward packing in and packing out is critical to continue with the goal of preserving the Wasatch.  It can be easy to disregard the small things but we’d like to encourage you to take part in this during your daily activities.  Us here at Save Our Canyons will be making a more active effort to continue this type of work with our outings as it's an easy task but often is overlooked.

Thanks again for all of your hard work in giving back to the special place we call home. We wouldn’t be able to do it without your dedication.

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