Just a note on the results of the 5th Annual Jim Creek Cleanup that the ATV Club sponsored last Saturday. 387 people showed up to help out (387 actually signed in, there were more than that there) and collected 3 40 yard Dumpsters (estimated 8.5 tons) full of trash. Commisioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan and State Rep. Bill SToltze were there to check out the efforts and helped us out on the grill for the BBQ after everyone was done trash picking. Local businesses donated over $9000 towards the effort, between Door Prizes and food for the BBQ. Walmart donated Porta-Potties and a bunch of gift cards. All in all, it says that local businesses recognize the importance of keeping motorized access a viable option for Alaskans.
There was an accompanying effort to dispose of the junk cars between the bridges and the glacier. Premier Earthworks and Miller Enterprises donated loaders, dump trucks and drivers to haul off the wrecks. Other people brought out their buggies and 4X4s to drag some of the cars "way back in there" out to where the heavy equipment could reach them. The buggies were bringing cars in from past Wolf Point. In all 17 carcasses were disposed of as well as assorted large chunks of unidentifiable scrap metal.
This year for the first time I had people tell me that it was tough to find enough trash to get a full bag. I saw people working way back off the trails all over the area. 5 years ago on our first Cleanup the 60 of us never got over a 1/4 mile from the parking area and collected 14 tons of trash. So every year we have more people, who have to go farther to get lesser amounts of trash. There will always be people using the area who won't pick up their trash, to semi-paraphrase PT Barnum "There is an idiot born every minute". No one is anticipating ever stopping the cleanups but they are having a great effect. We are winning the war on trash at Jim Creek.