For two decades, Friends of the Inyo has put hands on the land every summer season. We work to keep trails safe and clean, and to keep trailheads and other popular recreation spots beautiful and inviting. Normally, we host several volunteer clean-up events throughout the summer. But unfortunately, this summer is different.
(LEFT) Friends of the Inyo Trail Ambassador, Lindsay Butcher, packs out 30 pounds of trash from the Duck Lake Trail. (RIGHT) Stewardship Director, Alex Ertaud, cleans up trash from overflowing trash cans at the Big Pine Creek Trailhead.
As you have likely noticed, our Eastern Sierra public lands are being negatively affected by the recent surge of visitation and intense use. These effects are compounded by both the inability to hold clean-up events and a lack of resources caused by the pandemic. So, trash litters our trails and collects in our water. We can’t stand by and let that happen.
All photos provided by Sierra Trash Eliminators: (LEFT) Brianna Rose / (CENTER) Amanda Spencer-Stevens / (RIGHT) Marie Boyd
What Can I Do?
Join us in picking up trash at your favorite spots!
Going on a day hike? Bring a grocery bag to fill. Going into the backcountry? Bring an extra ziplock for the trash you find. Want to be like our Trail Ambassador Lindsay? Bring heavy-duty garbage bags and fill them up!
Join the Eastern Sierra Trash Eliminators on Facebook!