The newly blazed South River Trail at the Davidson – Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (DAMNP) had one serious problem. Hundreds of pounds of plastic bottles, glass, tires, and other trash washed up on the riverbank and was an ugly eyesore as well as a hazard for hikers and wildlife. This massive trash heap would require hours of work to remove.
A call went out for help and over a dozen volunteers gathered on a chilly day in October to haul out as much trash as possible. Over the next three hours they worked hard and collected over 13 bags of trash, several tires, and one deflated Nemo float toy.
The South River cleanup was a huge success and a great starting point for the Alliance’s official volunteer program. The Alliance is working with the DAMNP and other partners to help recruit and organize volunteers for one time service days as well as long-term projects. Some volunteer activities include special event logistics, trail maintenance, and staffing the information desk at the DAMNP nature center. Specially trained volunteers can also co-lead themed nature hikes at Arabia Mountain.
To make each volunteer project a success each person receives on-site training and any equipment needed. As a special thank you, after 40 hours of service, volunteers can earn a personalized letter of reference from the Alliance. Without the help of dedicated volunteers many programs in the Heritage Area would not be possible. Besides helping expand and maintain natural areas and trails, volunteers often bring new ideas and creative solutions to tough problems.
Our program is expanding and we hope you are ready to bring your energy to the Alliance volunteers! Email Kimberly(at)arabiaalliance.org today to be the first to find out about our next volunteer project or to suggest your own volunteer activity!