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Molalla River Watch's annual fall clean-up event attracted 41 volunteers for a variety of cleaning projects

The morning of Oct. 2 dawned foggy near the Molalla River, but that didn't stop 41 volunteers from gathering at Feyrer Park in Molalla for some serious river clean-up.

The fog would burn off into sunny skies while the volunteers collected more than 2,300 pounds of trash up and down the Molalla River Corridor during this year's Molalla River Watch clean-up event. It was, according to Executive Director Asako Yamamuro, a pretty good day all-around.

COURTESY PHOTO: ASAKO YAMAMURO - Members of Canby Scout Troop 82 clean the ash out of the campfire rings along the Molalla River Corridor.

A big chunk of that poundage came from the Cedar Grove camp area thanks to someone cutting up a trailer and leaving it and other garbage in the area. But there was work to do for all the volunteers along various parts of the corridor.

Yamamuro said that board Chairman Bill Taylor took a small group to the southern edge of the trail system to do some work. This year they put in four trail signs and sawed out two logs that had fallen across the trail.

"We also had two BLM people there working on the campgrounds at Cedar Grove and Three Bears, as well as Canby Scout Troop 82 coming out and helped clean up and collect the ash that was in the campfire rings," said Yamamuro. "They dumped those, and they also did some leaf blowing in the parking area. We had a lot of different activities going on.

COURTESY PHOTO: ASAKO YAMAMURO - Volunteers take a break after loading some of the debris and garbage collected into a truck during the Oct. 2 clean-up event.

"I think things look pretty good (in the corridor)," she added. "The BLM patrols the area and we finally have gotten some rain, and that's a great relief to have more water in the river."

The volunteer effort always has some regulars, said Yamamuro, but also some new faces. This year some of the new faces came from Molalla. There were also volunteers from Portland.

"They are curious to see what our river looks like, so they get to do some work and check out the river at the same time," Yamamuro said.


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