For more information, email [email protected]
PHOENIX – Nothing spoils the beauty and enjoyment of Arizona’s landscapes than litter and trash that has been thoughtlessly tossed out by people who won’t take the time and effort to dispose of it properly.
The Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) is looking for volunteers who prefer Arizona’s landscapes to be unspoiled by trash and can give a few hours of their time Saturday morning, Jan. 19, to clean trash from State Trust Land and federal lands southeast of Superstition Mountain, Arizona State Land Commissioner Lisa A. Atkins announced.
The State Land Department is proud to be partnering again this year with several public and private entities in the 10th annual Environmental Stewardship Event at Hewitt Station, off U.S. 60 east of Gold Canyon.
Volunteers age 18 and older are needed to help near the Superstition Mountains that has become littered with all kinds of trash and discarded objects.
“The State Land Department manages 9.2 million acres of Trust Land, about 13 percent of Arizona, and sadly too much of it is marred by illegal dumping by thoughtless people who don’t treasure it the way the rest of us do,” Commissioner Atkins said. “Please join us on the 19th. We’ll have lunch for those who sign up and help us clean up, and you’ll always have our appreciation for donating your time to keep Trust Lands clean for all Arizonans.”
WHAT: 10th annual Environmental Stewardship Event at Hewitt Station.
WHEN: Meet at sign-in table Saturday, Jan. 19, to get directions and assignments. Cleanup is from 8 a.m. to noon.
WHERE: Hewitt Station Off-Highway Vehicle Area east of Gold Canyon. Location is accessible from U.S. by turning left at Queen Valley Road, then traveling 1.7 miles to Hewitt Station road, then 1.5 miles more to the sign-in table. Land to be cleaned up is under jurisdiction of ASLD (State Trust Land) and the U.S. Forest Service (Tonto National Forest).
DETAILS: RSVPs are required by email at [email protected]. Those who have registered will receive a free lunch. More information is available at http://www.naturalrestorations.org/new-events-1.
CO-SPONSORS: Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) along with Natural Restorations, Footprints Matter to Us, Arizona State Parks and Trails, the U.S. Forest Service, Salt River Project, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, LeBaron Carroll Insurance, Resolution Copper, Right Away Disposal, OdySea Aquarium, Desert Monsters Tours, and Stellar Adventures. This project is financed in part by a grant from the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Fund administered by Arizona State Parks & Trails.
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. # # #