The Rivers of Life Center and Clackamas Community Corrections worked together this fall to clean up 2,000 feet of trails and accessways adjoining Oregon City's Clackamette Cove.
Starting in February, volunteers are welcome every other Saturday to continue the work in the Oregon City park area hit by illegal dumping, wildlife entrapment and camping.
Jerry Herrmann, president of the Rivers of Life Center, said young crew leaders oversaw the work of reestablishing walking trails and removing extensive debris that were entrapping wildlife, including ducks, geese and ground mammals.
"These areas are important wildlife function areas since they directly adjoin habitat for fish and wildlife adjoining Clackamette Cove," Herrmann said.
Herrmann said the youth and community volunteers picked up over 40 bags of trash from the area before participating in an on-site education seminar about the fish and wildlife unique to the 100-acre basin.
Last year an Oregon City and Metro program granted the Rivers of Life Center $13,800 for the cleanup and education project to improve Clackamette Cove water quality. Metro, through an intergovernmental agreement with Oregon City, compensates the city by distributing a $1 per ton surcharge for all solid waste collected at Metro's dump on Washington Street to be used for enhancement projects throughout the city.
"Without these efforts, these community lands would be overrun and damaged for both people and wildlife," Herrmann said.
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