Several local organizations will take part in a statewide effort next week to clean up the coast, focusing on the South Beach, Beachfront Park and Elk Creek areas of Crescent City, and they’re hoping for volunteers.

Orchestrated through Smith River Alliance, the 2018 Coastal Cleanup will also focus on the cleanup and maintenance of an old trail behind the former Thai House restaurant along Elk Creek, said Dan Burgess, one of the organizers for the cleanup. The cleanup will be held Sept. 15, but volunteers should RSVP early, Burgess said.

“All across California coastal areas this is happening,” Burgess said of the cleanup. “California is flooded with dots and we’ve extended it out into the wetlands area with a focus on Elk Creek.”

According to Burgess, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife built a trail into what was once the Hobbs Wall lumber mill back in the 1980s. There were kiosks with information about the area back there and it showed off the importance of the Elk Creek area, he said.

But it has since been abandoned, Burgess said. Briars hide the trail, the road into the area is rough and there has been illegal camping and dumping in the area, he said.

“The vision here is to provide some awareness and some stewardship and hopefully clean that area and (develop) strategies to open that trail again for public use,” Burgess said. “The cleanup provides a good venue to get awareness of that (trail) back there.”

Volunteers for the cleanup will also include the areas between U.S. 101 and South Beach near Anchor Way Drive and Howe Avenue in Beachfront Park, according to Burgess. Volunteers will also focus on the south side of Elk Creek near Crescent City Hay and Feed, which is mostly land owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Burgess said.

Other organizations sponsoring the event include Elk Valley Rancheria, Take a Bite out of Blight, the Trash Dogs, the local Surfrider chapter, Elk Valley Rancheria and the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority.

Businesses sponsoring the cleanup include Crescent City Ace Hardware, Kokatat, Rumiano Cheese Company, Home Depot, Wildberries Marketplace and Hambro WSG. Funds from the Whale Tail License Plate program pay for the cleanup, according to Burgess.

Volunteers taking part in the cleanup will meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Kid Town parking lot in Beachfront Park. Volunteers should bring gloves and water and wear close-toed shoes and long pants, Burgess said. The Smith River Alliance will provide lunch and snacks.

For more information and to RSVP, call Burgess at 707-954-3569 or email daniel.burgess@parks.ca.gov . More information can also be found on the Smith River Alliance Facebook page.

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