Calling Pacific Shores, the undeveloped dunes area north of Crescent City, a “subdivision” is kind of a bad joke.
Due to environmental concerns, nothing was ever built in the expanse besides a few roads where many Del Norters learned to drive (or drag race).
Instead of houses, what you will find there are tons of illegally dumped trash. That is why a clean-up day is planned for Pacific Shores on Saturday.
Volunteers are invited to pitch in by meeting at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Kellogg Road and Tell Boulevard (eight-tenths of a mile west of Lower Lake Road).
In the last year, 50,000 pounds of trash has been removed from Pacific Shores by Clean Forest Project, a non-profit organization that cleans up after illegal dumping on public lands in Oregon and Northern California.
“We’ve picked up a couple of burned-out motor homes, boats and travel trailers” from Pacific Shores, said Julie Lockman, executive director of Clean Forest Project.
Lockman said the group’s work started as weekend projects focusing on a few sites in its own Josephine County, because “we saw a need for it,” she said.
“Then we started getting calls from the Forest Service and BLM asking us to work on other dump sites,” she said.
The non-profit has swelled into an in-demand organization that has collected more than a million pounds of trash in the last five years and also has an educational program warning people of the hazards of illegal dumping.
“People dump appliances like refrigerators in creeks and that can end up in the watershed,” Lockman said. “It can be a potentially dangerous situation.”
The economic crisis has only added to the blight that is the focus of Clean Forest Project
“The problem of illegal dumping has just skyrocketed,” she said.
Recology Del Norte is donating a Dumpster for the clean-up day. The cost of disposal will be covered by a grant from CalRecycle (the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery).
For more information about Clean Forest Project or to become a member, go to cleanforestproject.org or call (541) 471-4214.