MEDFORD, Ore. — Volunteers will be working on a coordinated effort to clean up the Bear Creek Greenway from Central Point down to Ashland on April 17 in celebration of Earth Day.
The event is headed by the Bear Creek Stewards — an organization consisting of Jackson County local governments, other local groups, and businesses. Together, they've worked to organize teams of volunteers to remove litter and debris along Bear Creek and through the Greenway.
Bear Creek Stewardship Day runs from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. on Saturday, with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be eight check-in locations:
- Pine Street/Penninger Road in Central Point
- McAndrews Road in Medford, adjacent to the Greenway
- Hawthorne Park in Medford, adjacent to the Greenway
- Alba Drive, near Barnett Road
- US Cellular Park near Coyote Trails Nature Center, in south Medford
- Blue Heron Park in Phoenix
- Lynn Newbry Park in Talent
- NB Weigh Station/Hwy. 99 in Ashland
At the check-in spots, participants can get trash bags, trash pickers and gloves to use for cleaning up. There will also be information about the event and a supply of coffee, juice, and snacks for volunteers.
In addition to trash pickup, blackberry grubbing and removal events will occur at Blue Heron Park and Lynn Newbry Park, a mulching event will occur at the Pine Street Greenway entrance, and the removal of sediment control waddles will occur at the NB Weigh Station location. All tools for these activities will be provided, but organizers say that volunteers may want to bring their own gloves and hand clippers/loppers if they have them.
The event is sponsored by the group SOLVE, in addition to local sponsors including Extreme Terrain, the Gordon Elwood Foundation, Grants Pass Clinic, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Lithia, Medford Food Co-op, Recology, Rogue Disposal, and Starbucks.
Volunteers must register and sign waivers in advance in order to reduce the amount of contact required. Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks will also be required.