Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 03:04 PM
by Karl Ruprecht
Auger Falls Canyon Clean-up
Saturday, April 28th
Every year Prairie Falcon Audubon member, Dr. Jim Irwin, mentors a young person (or two) to organize a large clean-up of some portion of the Snake River Canyon as an Eagle Scout project. Along with Jim, Carl Nellis (and sometimes a mule), the Scouts have pulled as much as 18,000 lbs of trash from the canyon in one year, including “Eleven hundred and fifty tires alone (1,150)! And that is not including the washing machines, shopping carts, furniture, and cars that are carelessly tossed in the beautiful canyon.”
This year, Dr. Irwin and scouts Bryce and Brett Burnham of Jerome are continuing a massive clean-up at the Auger Falls Park begun last year. Last year’s clean-up was interrupted by a thunderstorm so the project was left unfinished.
The date for the clean-up is April 28. North side volunteers will meet in Jerome at 7:30. South-side volunteers should be at the Auger Falls gate below the waste water treatment plant at 8:00 AM
Age/maturity level of volunteers should be about 12 or older. Lunch and water will be provided; bring gloves, wear boots or sturdy shoes and long pants. The job involves climbing steep slopes, some covered by boulders, and rolling heavy debris down and loading it onto trucks and trailers. This is not your average can-and-bottle cleanup.
To sign up, contact the Burnham boys at 539-6266 or 324-7440 and they’ll supply further information.
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