The Idaho Falls YMCA is hosting a cleanup event at the Caribou-Targhee National Forest tomorrow, June 6.
Idaho Falls YMCA Camp Director Travis Austad said this event helps clean up trash left behind by campers and other visitors to the forest.
“It’s no secret that Idaho has been becoming more popular over the last decade,” Austad said. “With [so much] foot traffic, it just kind of piles up.”
People who attend the event will be treated to lunch at noon, 30 minutes before the cleanup starts.
People will then clean designated areas with the group they register with. For example, if a family of three registers together, they will clean their own area away from other people, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Everyone who attends should wear a facemask, if possible, when they are in a larger group setting.
The cleanup is scheduled for four hours, but Austad said they appreciate any help they can get, even if someone can only help for an hour or two.
Trash bags and other supplies will be provided at the cleanup site.
Austad encourages people to come and help so we all can preserve the natural beauty of Idaho for those who come after us.
“It’s really rewarding knowing myself and anyone that comes and participates is helping preserve this area…for future generations,” Austad said.”
Registration for the event is still open.
For more information and to access the registration form, click here.
Austad asks anyone who wants to come to register beforehand, so he knows how much lunch to pick up for everyone.