Trail Cleanup along the Campbell River Estuary

September 30, 2016 - Campbell River, B.C.

“This is great,” said Jake Smith during a lunch break for a dozen volunteers from several organizations that made good on a plan to clean up a Campbell River estuary trail from debris.

Jake Smith, public works manager for the We Wai Kum (Campbell River) First Nation, had taken the lead in organizing Ducks Unlimited BC, The Nature Trust BC, We Wai Kum and Marine Harvest Canada to assist in cleaning up a 200 metre section of trail near the Campbell River estuary that had, for years, been neglected and abused by litter bugs.

There was no shortage of garbage to pick up, and there was no shortage of smiling faces and dirty hands to pitch in.

Jake’s team had prepped the trail for two days: blazing the trail with a “quad”, cutting down dangerous trees (“widow-makers”), and removing the largest of the garbage including mattresses, metal framework and shopping carts. This made the final day easier for the volunteers who attacked the trail with pick sticks and muscle.

At the end of the day a large refuse container was full and a beautiful wooded trail was brought back to life.

“You can hear the birds really chirping today,” Jake noted as the cleanup ended. “They must like the way the trail looks too.”


Special thanks to the following organizations and volunteers:

We Wai Kum: Jake & Francis (“Dudley”)

Ducks Unlimited B.C.: Sarah

The Nature Trust BC: Tim

Marine Harvest Canada: Leith, Kevin, Akhilaa, Paul, Dan, Blaine, Ian, Kelsey

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