Cindi and I would like to say thank you for your help to bring attention to a new trash and recycling program for the Rim Country.
We have had very positive feedback from the community after the article in the Roundup a few weeks ago, and with the help of John Stanton at the chamber of commerce working with the USFS and many others around the Rim we will be able to organize an effective program to reduce the trash left behind by the many visitors who frequent our forest and use our highways to get up here, and we will also be able to help the Habitat for Humanity group and the Payson Humane Society as a result of the recycling portion of the program, so thank you to the staff at the Roundup for publishing the article.
Now, we would like to take this opportunity to also say thank you and express our appreciation to all the hundreds of folks who work hard and deal with the hazards while cleaning up our highways by participating in the Adopt A Road program that has been a major part of the efforts to keep our forest and highways clean for many years now.
These folks deserve our respect, appreciation, and our cooperation, and we see them as the unsung heroes of our society, because without them, our roads and highways would be a mess.
I am not sure that people who do not participate really understand the dangers involved, but ask anyone who does participate and they can probably tell you a horror story or two about the rude and inconsiderate drivers who simply do not, or will not, pay attention when passing one of the cleanup crews, and many of them have had a close encounter of the automobile kind which can, and sometimes does, result in serious injury to a crew member.
If you think it is a cake walk, think again, it is dangerous, hot, dirty and exhausting work walking on rough terrain and picking up trash along the highways that serve the Rim Country.
This work often includes encounters with snakes and insects along with the cars and trucks that seem determined to run you over, as well as the flora and fauna, and the hazardous waste such as dirty syringes and other yucky “personal” items that people toss out of their vehicles for someone else to dispose of. All of these things present dangers to the crew members, yet, there they are, doing a nasty job, and doing it well. So please folks, slow down, pay attention, and pass with care when you see a crew out cleaning up your roads and highways.
We encourage any persons that feel as we do to volunteer their time and effort to work with this very effective program, there is always room for one more on a cleanup crew.
If you join in, you would be working with decent people who care about our surroundings, and your participation would be welcomed and appreciated.
Jim and Cindi Estess