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4XNation's annual cleanup at La Dee Flats near Estacada turns into a big weekend party.

PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - It's a Jeep thing. Two off-roaders rolled through the national forest near Estacada Saturday, May 4, on an annual cleanup event. A group of off-road enthusiasts took to the woods Saturday, May 4, and came back with loads of trash.

The annual clean-up of La Dee Flats OHV was oganized by an off-road club, 4xNation, working with Clackamas County and the U.S. Forest Service. PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - U.S. forest service staff worked with organizers of the 4xNation cleanup event in La Dee Flats.

The event gathered more than 100 off-road vehicles at the site, south of Estacada, east of Highway 224. Most participants drove the trails at low speeds, stopping and walking into the forest to gather up bottles, cans and other trash. PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - Aerial view of the event early in the morning. By the time all the vehicles returned the parking area was full.

The effort collected 3,500 pounds of trash filling up several trucks. In addition the volunteers working in cojuction with the U.S. Forest service closed an illegal trail. Over 150 volunteers showed up, donating approximately 600 hours of labor. Clackamas County Dump Stoppers was also in attendance and were a huge factor in making this event a success.PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - More than 100 vehicles were part of the 4xNation cleanup event Saturday, May 4, near Estacada.

After the clean-up was finished, the club provided free food and drinks for all participants, including tacos from a Sandy food cart. The event concluded with a raffle of more than 50 prizes.

PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - A food cart from Sandy provided tacos and drinks during the weekend off-roading cleanup event.PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - The 4xNation group spends a Saturday every May cleaning up La Dee Flats near Estacada.4xNation organizes the event every year, usually in the first week of May. To contribute, donate or join the community visit 4xNation.com.


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