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Volunteers help clean up Mt. Charleston

Published on Fri, May 9, 2014 (4:57 p.m.)

MEDIA ALERT
For Immediate Release: 05/09/2014

Local community volunteers help clean up Mt. Charleston during Spring Cleaning
Las Vegas, NV

What: On Saturday, May 10 volunteers from the Las Vegas community will participate in picking up litter throughout several spots in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, better known as the Mt. Charleston area. Over 250 volunteers have registered for the event and will lend a hand. This is the seventh annual Spring Cleaning event. Volunteers will clean up popular recreation spots in Kyle and Lee Canyon and along Deer Creek Highway.

After picking up litter, volunteers will meet up for a large group BBQ as a thank you lunch for serving their public lands. A total count of the number of litter bags and pounds of litter will be announced at the BBQ.

Why: Every winter thousands of people flock to Kyle and Lee Canyons to play in the snow. Unfortunately, as the snow melts and colorful wildflowers begin popping up, so does unsightly litter. Last year volunteers picked up the normal cans, bottles and broken sleds, but they also hauled out a car muffler, abandoned hardware, and old tires. In total 2,230 pounds of debris was removed.

Who: Volunteers range from individuals, friends, and family members. Corporate groups, recreation groups, cub scouts, girl scouts, and civic groups are also planning to participate. Southern Nevada Conservancy is working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to plan and coordinate the event.

Where: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Along Kyle Canyon Road (Nevada Highway 157), Lee Canyon Road (Nevada Highway 156), and Deer Creek Road (Nevada Highway 158). Sites include Mary Jane Falls Trailhead, the Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Deer Creek Picnic Area, Lee Meadows, and various other recreation spots.

The BBQ will take place at Sawmill Picnic Area on Lee Canyon Road (Nevada Highway 156). The Picnic Area is roughly 12.6 miles up Lee Canyon Road from US-95.

When: Saturday, May 10. Litter cleanup will be 10:00AM to 12:30PM. The Volunteer BBQ will be from 12:30PM to 2:30PM.

Go Mt. Charleston Programs in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area are provided by the Southern Nevada Conservancy in partnership with the US Forest Service.
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