|‘All Mountain Cleanup’ aims to give Mount Hood a fresh start posted on 08/31/2019|
One of the mountain’s biggest volunteer stewardship events
just got bigger. This year’s Timberline to Troutdale cleanup series will gather
in Government Camp and spread out across Mt. Hood on Saturday, Sept. 21,
marking the first All Mountain Cleanup.
The new vision: to clean up the whole mountain, all at one
time, building a lasting practice for the entire year.
“Garbage, unfortunately, doesn’t respect watershed
boundaries and accumulates downhill and downstream,” said Jocelyn Gary,
director of the Mount Hood Institute. “Those of us who go to Mount Hood for
recreation, exploration and solace need to contribute to its stewardship.”
“Rivers on both sides of the mountain flow to the Columbia
and then the Pacific,” added Steve Wise, Executive Director of the Sandy River
Watershed Council (SRWC). “It’s great to have all the resorts working together
to remove contaminants at the headwaters.”
The All Mountain Cleanup, held on Saturday, Sept. 21, is
paired with the popular Lower Sandy River Floating Cleanup on Saturday, Sept.
With more than 100 volunteers regularly joining past
cleanups at Timberline, organizers are recruiting for up to 300 participants
this year on Sept. 21. Volunteers will meet at Summit Ski Area at 9 a.m. for
refreshments before shuttling or carpooling to Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline or
SkiBowl. Volunteers may also choose to stay at Summit and help clean up the
Village of Government Camp. This year’s cleanup also has added an exciting
component, partnering with Northwest Trail Alliance, to lead a mountain bike
ride down the Timberline to Town Trail to remove trash there as well. The event
concludes with a large group photo at 1:30 p.m. and an after party at the
Ratskeller, 88335 Government Camp Loop in Government Camp, hosted by 10 Barrel
Past cleanups have hauled as much as four tons of trash out
of the canyon and slopes at Timberline. Glaciers there serve as the headwaters
to the Salmon River providing key spawning grounds for wild fish.
The terrain is varied from steep and uneven, to flat and
easy; all ability levels and ages welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring
sturdy footwear, work gloves, a water bottle/coffee mug and appropriate
clothing for mountain weather. Carpool options have been set with Get There
Oregon at: https://getthere.rideamigos.com/#/events/5d601d932d3bff236657a39b.
Or take a ride with Portland’s favorite shuttle to Mount Hood; GREEN DREAM BUS.
The downriver floating cleanup will gather at Lewis and
Clark State Park near Troutdale at 9 a.m. Saturday Sept. 14, then shuttle
volunteers to Dabney State Park to board rafts and float the lower river. No
previous rafting experience is necessary, and personal floatation devices,
paddles and other gear are provided free of charge.
“This is a great entry level opportunity for folks to get
out on the water for a gentle float, and also contribute to a cleaner Sandy
River,” Wise said. “The more we learn about the effects of plastics and other
trash on fish, birds and other aquatic life, the more important it is to get
the trash out of our rivers.”
Volunteers who want to participate in the floating
cleanup can register at
www.solveoregon.org. Volunteers may bring their own floatation or can reserve
one of the limited raft seats at www.eventbrite.com.
The City of Troutdale continues its sponsorship of the Lower
Sandy River Cleanup, guided by Stout Creek Outfitters. SRWC is also partnering
with Vive NW this year to make outdoor stewardship more accessible to diverse
audiences and encourages Spanish speakers of all levels to attend.
Both the Float and the All Mountain events are part of the
SOLVE Fall Beach and River Cleanups and are free and open to the public. Additional partners and donors include: Timberline, Summit Ski Area, Mt Hood Meadows
Resort, SkiBowl, the Mt. Hood Institute, USDA Mt. Hood National Forest Zigzag
District, Village of Government Camp, Portland Mountain Rescue, Northwest Trail
Alliance, Timberline Mountain Guides, Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, Vive NW, The
Mountain Shop, GREEN DREAM BUS, TREW, Oregon State Parks, SRWC, Voodoo Donuts,
Mt. Hood Coffee Roasters, Sisters Coffee, New Season and 10 Barrel Brewing.
Please register to participate at www.solveoregon.org or
contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Sara Ennis/MT