Hubbard Mesa Cleanup this Saturday |

Hubbard Mesa Cleanup this Saturday

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” The High Country 4-Wheelers Club and the Bureau of Land Management will be doing their part on Earth Day, cleaning up a popular outdoor recreation area north of Rifle.

“It’s the area that always gets trashed,” said Greg Noss with High Country 4-Wheelers. “It’s been three years since we’ve cleaned it. We used to clean it every year but it was like a losing battle.”

The group will be cleaning up the Hubbard Mesa area north of Rifle on Saturday, April 25. The last time the club cleaned up the area, Noss said they filled two 40-foot trash containers, a trailer full of tires and disposed of several abandoned vehicles.

“If it can be shot at or thrown out, it’s out there,” Noss said. “It’s always had a reputation for that, unfortunately.”

And since the High Country club hasn’t been there in three years, Noss expects they will have their work cut out for them this weekend.

“We are just going to do a massive cleanup down there to get everything that is left from the shooter, to the people who just leave their cars down there, and clean the area from the impact it’s taken.”

Volunteers should meet by 9 a.m. at the Fravert Reservoir parking lot, across from the Rifle Ranger District Office, on County Road 244. Noss expects, with a large turnout, that the cleanup will be done by 3 p.m.

Volunteers should come dressed in long pants, sturdy work shoes and leather gloves. Rakes, shovels, and snacks and water are recommended, but Noss said that the BLM will be providing some refreshments and he is expecting some donated hot-dogs and chips for lunch.

Noss said that he’s already received some interest from local businesses like Creative Auto Recyclers and Salvage from Rifle, and Rocky Mountain Environmental Concerns, but he said that no matter how many show up, they’re always looking for more. Because the more help they get, the quicker they can get it done.

“It’s always a good thing,” he said. “Just be prepared to spend a few hours in the sun.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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