Desert cleanup event to be held by off-road enthusiasts
• Where: Meet at the entrance to Stoddard OHV area at Outlet Center Drive near Interstate 15
• Sign ups: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
• Cleanup: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
• Lunch: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
• Raffle: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
• For more information, visit http://clean-dezert.org
BARSTOW • Off-road enthusiasts will be doing their part to keep the desert clean on Saturday by picking up trash and illegally dumped items in the off-highway vehicle area near Outlet Center drive at the 4th annual Barstow Desert Cleanup event.
The event is being organized by Clean-Dezert, which is a group of off-road enthusiasts who are concerned about educating the younger generation about the maintenance and improvement of desert resources.
The Bureau of Land Management will be helping out by providing the use of four trash containers, according to Rose Beardshear, manager of volunteer services at the Barstow Field Office.
Beardshear said that the funding for the donated trash bins comes from a grant received through the Recreation Trails Program.
Adam Filbin, the founder of Clean-Dezert, said that about 400 people from various off-road communities showed up to help at last year’s event.
Although most of the volunteers last year came from Southern California, a few came from Colorado and Arizona, said Filbin, who lives in Oceanside. He helps spread the word through online communities for off-road enthusiasts, but hopes that locals will come out to help clean up the desert as well.
Filbin said that although there is normally some litter found in the area, most of the trash comes from illegal dumping. Most of the five trash bins filled last year consisted of items such as refrigerators, washers, and couches, said Filbin.
Filbin said that Barstow was chosen for the location of the event because it seems to attract a large amount of illegally dumped items.
“I found that Barstow seems to be one of the worst dumping areas because of the easy access to roads,” said Filbin.
The area that the volunteers cover starts in the Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Area at Outlet Center Drive near the I-15 and extends south to Hodge Road and east to state Route 247.
Filbin said that several off-road companies have helped contribute money and merchandise for a raffle that will be held at the end of the event. He said that last year’s event had about $8,000 in donations.
The first 400 volunteers at this year’s event will receive a free T-shirt and a free barbecue will be held after the clean-up for all participants.
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