A Different Sort Of Forest Cleanup Day


More than 30 people showed up March 3 to clean up the forest surrounding the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

More than 30 people showed up March 3 to clean up the forest surrounding the Jim Jones Shooting Range. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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For this month’s forest volunteer cleanup day, Forest Service officials have planned something special.

There will be a little party after the work — and the work will be different.

Instead of picking up trash and rebuilding trails, volunteers will move brush.

“We’re actually ‘brushing out’ for this volunteer day,” said Chelsea Muise of the Payson Ranger District recreation department.

After working, everyone will bring out his or her best potluck dish to party it up at the Houston Mesa Amphitheater.

“So far, 25 people have RSVP’d,” said Muise.

Volunteers will meet at the Houston Mesa Horse Camp off of Houston Mesa Road at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

The Forest Service fire crew will have piles of brush for volunteers to move out to the road for chipping.

“We’re making it (the campground) a brighter, happier place,” said Muise.

Over the past year, mesquite and other brush has invaded the corrals, picnic areas and campsites at the Horse Camp. Removing the brush will reduce the fire danger and open up the campsite for equestrian campers.

After everything has been chipped, the Forest Service will cover the corrals and campsites with the wood chips.

The Forest Service will provide all tools needed. Please dress for the weather, wear long pants and closed toed shoes. If interested in attending the potluck, call Muise at (928) 474-7936.

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