Nov. 21, 2018
For more information, contact [email protected]
PHOENIX – Volunteers are needed to spend a morning to help clean up a desert parcel of State Trust Land in the San Tan Valley that has become littered with trash, Arizona State Land Commissioner Lisa A. Atkins announced.
WHAT: Volunteer Desert Cleanup, sponsored by the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) and the East Maricopa Natural Resource Conservation District (EMNRCD). No signup necessary.
WHERE: The 521-acre parcel to be cleaned is nearby Arizona State Trust Land bordered by Judy’s Road on the west, Skyline Drive on the north, Felix Road on the east and Roberts Road on the south.
WHEN: Meet at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Salsa Lady Restaurant, 5618 E. Skyline Drive, San Tan Valley. It’s a short drive east to the parcel. Cleanup is from 8 a.m. to noon.
DETAILS: Large trash bins and trash bags will be provided by ASLD. A limited number of trash grabbers will be provided by the East Maricopa NRCD. Some water will also be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles. In addition to many small items of trash, some heavy lifting is involved due to massive dumping in the area.
Prospective volunteers may contact [email protected] or visit https://www.emnrcd.org for further information.
“A part of San Tan Valley has been marred by careless people illegally and thoughtlessly dumping trash,” Commissioner Atkins said. “We value the partnership with the East Maricopa NRCD and the time and effort volunteers generously give to help clean up State Trust Land. Every volunteer is a valued partner and we commend them for generously giving their time to assist ASLD in fulfilling our mission to manage the Trust’s assets in the interests of its Beneficiaries and our State in the years to come.”
About the Arizona State Land Department
Public education is by far the largest beneficiary of Trust land managed by the Arizona State Land Department, whose mission since 1915 is to manage the assets of a multi-generational perpetual trust in alignment with the interests of the Trust’s 13 beneficiaries and Arizona’s future.
All uses of the land and resources held in the Trust must benefit the Trust, a fact that distinguishes it from the way public land, such as parks or national forests, may be used or managed. While public use of Trust land is not prohibited, it is regulated to ensure protection of the land and its resources and compensation to the beneficiaries for its use. Today the Arizona State Land Department pro-actively manages more than 9.2 million acres of Trust land, which is 13 percent of the land within the State of Arizona. For more information, visit https://land.az.gov.
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