MEDFORD, Ore. -- When you take a stroll along the Bear Creek Greenway, you might get lucky and spot a duck or two but you'll also undeniably spot some litter and maybe even a few pieces of clothing. Volunteers aimed to change that Saturday in honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd.
"Earth day is the one day that people have singled out as the day they're going to make that extra effort to do something to give back to the Earth and help protect the earth. I think that makes it a little bit easier for everyone to step into that role that maybe isn’t something that's comfortable or familiar to them in their daily lives,” said one of the Bear Creek Clean Up’s organizers Halle Riddlebarger, the Marketing Manager for the Medford Food Co-Op.
From Medford all the way down to Ashland, volunteers took to the greenway with gloves, trash bags and trash grabbers to make sure the next people that walk by only see nature.
"It is along Bear Creek which is an important waterway in our community and it’s really been underserved in the last decades. It has fish running through it. There’s a lot of wildlife along here and preventing the trash from going into the stream is really important. Otherwise, we're just passing the litter along to the next community that the creek is flowing down," Riddlebarger added.
11-year-old Boy Scout Charlie Kochlics and 13-year-old Boy Scout Ethan Moverly picked up shoes, sponges, glass and pill bottles, and parts to a plastic crate. They said they’re just doing their parts as members of the southern Oregon community.
“It makes you feel like you participated in cleaning up of the wilderness," Moverly said.
“It makes you feel like you're valuable in the community," Kochlics added.