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Volunteers pick up trash, repair trails during Molalla River Watch clean-up event in the corridor

Substantially less debris and other unpleasantness will be part of the Molalla Recreation Corridor for the fall and winter month.

That's thanks to the continued efforts of Molalala River Watch, which saw about 30 volunteers clean up trails and other areas within the corridor on Sept. 17.

COUTESY PHOTO: ASAKO YAMAMURO - Trail clearing was part of this year's Molalla River Watch clean-up event along the Molalla Recreation Corridor around the Molalla River.

It was an effort that MRW Executive Director Asako Yamamuro that makes a difference.

"The clean-up went really well," she said. "We had 25 volunteers participate, along with three BLM staff and two from Clackamas County Dumpstoppers."

Volunteers picked up trash at day use sites in the Molalla Recreation Corridor and a group also picked up a substantial amount of trash under the 211 bridge, according to Yamamuro.

COURTESY PHOTO: ASAKO YAMAMURO - A small sampling of the debris that was retrieved during this year's spring clean-up event along the Molalla River Corridor.

"Another group of volunteers, along with Antfarm YouthCore members, a hands-on training program, cleared one mile of trails and cut overgrowth at Aquila Vista, an environmental learning area in the Molalla Recreation Corridor," she added. "A lot was accomplished, including picking up a substantial amount of trash from summer visitors who chose not to pack it out, as well as clearing trails in Aquila Vista, where trails had not been maintained since the 2020 Beachie Cree Fire had burned through.

"The most interesting trash picked up on Saturday was a stripped moped," she added. "All of the trash that was removed is less trash that will enter the river when it starts to rain in the winter."

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