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Speaking of Double posts LETS TALK TRASH

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Grim-Reaper, Sep 8, 2002.

  1. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    THis one cause getting you folks into the landuse forum is worse than pulling teeth /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
    Originaly this was billed as "Showdown in GA" It grew way beyond that. It was held yesterday (Sept 7) and we cleaned up two ORVs for a grand totaly of about 28 MILES of trail. We ended up getting all the Atlanta clubs under Southern ( www.sfwda.org ) involved. We showed up at Amicola Falls State park and the ajoining Anderson Creek ORV and overwhelmed the FS with shear numbers.
    Here is the flyer for the event.
    http://www.southernjeeps.org/trash/letstalktrash5.htm

    I don't want to leave a link down to the website of the local club BBS out of fear of killing them on Bandwidth so I'm just going to cut and paste some of the information off of it.
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    * We turned out approximately 110 people. At an average of 8 hours of work per person (I KNOW some people did a LOT more) that's a total of 880 man-hours of work done. If we look at a person doing that work full time (40/hrs a week, that's 5.5 MONTHS worth of WORK).

    * If every person spent $20 (not hard to do, and I know MANY people were in the 100's), that's $2200 in matching funds. Guys, do NOT forget we have to count what was paid for the BBQ dinner too!!! We're probably talking in excess of $3-5K by the time it's all totaled.

    * We cleaned 12+ miles of trail at Rich Mountain, and well over the official 14 miles at Amicalola. By the time we're all said and done, we've done WELL over 30 miles of trail!

    * We collected enough trash to completely FILL a full-sized dumptruck (so full, it could not be emptied as normal. In addition to that we had 2 full utility trailers, several flat-beds, and a K-5. That's just went to the dump, not counting the "incidentals" that were in individual vehicles. For those who didn't get a chance to make it to the dump, it was a sight to behold. We filled nearly 2 HUGE trash containers (the size of a semi-trailer).

    * Some of the more "unusual" items we took to the dump today were: 2 VW bugs, a couch, a recliner, a couple of washing machines, a stove, a refridgerator, various 55 gallon drums, several other household appliances, and enough beercans/bottles to keep Budwiser in business for about 6 months.

    * If we average a minimum of 150 miles per vehicle (figure 50 vehicles, but I KNOW many travelled farther than that), round trip, for the day that's over 9,000 vehicle miles travelled today.



    I ask you, what other community could pull this kind of effort off with just over a month worth of planning? I believe it is a firm statement of our commitment to our sport, the environment, and to the general rugged individualism of our community that this happened at all, much less on such a grand and wonderful scale.


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    Now that's some serious numbers and turn out.
    I would love to hear more stories from other regions about simular events and hear more of these sort of events come together.
    Ohhh the K5 mentioned belonged to BigJBear. If it had a hard top on it it would have been filled to the roof. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
    The Dump truck was a BIG one. 10 wheeler stood about 12ft tall. About as big as they get without being the big pull behind the semi deals. The use of the truck was donated by a local grading and hauling company. The local 4x4 shop 4wheel parts center owner Kevin StAmant (not the big chain place that came in here downing this guy promising all this club suport and none has never surface. This is the little guy that never fails to give our local clubs suport and why many of use avoid using the chain and favor him...not to mention his prices are usualy better) Fed us a great BBQ dinner. He also drove around to all the work crews lending a hand , passing out cold water and Ice Cream. Yes ICE CREAM stored in a pair of ARB 12v fridge/freezers.
    COME ON FOLKS get something going like this on your local ORV's
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Good post Grimmy...</font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    THis one cause getting you folks into the landuse forum is worse than pulling teeth

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    Even you have to admit it makes for some 'dry reading'...

    Our club is very active locally with maintaining and cleaning up trails. We have adopted a trail and do regular clean-ups and upgrades to the campsite and picnic area at the end of the trail. Unofficial clean-ups are every trip out for us. We've hauled, dragged, pushed pulled and shoved damn near anything you can imagine from the trails around here. A few local trails seem to double as 'dumping grounds' for stolens. Most burned out wrecks are in so deep that even the 4x4 wreckers can't get in to 'recover' them. We drag them down to the trail head and clean the surrounding area...

    Congrats on such a good turn-out! Too bad there is still that part of the population that thinks trails are for dumping old appliances and other trash!/forums/images/icons/mad.gif

    Rene
     
  3. yeild2me

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    Very impressive grim! Awesome!

    rob
     
  4. Grim-Reaper

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    Do you know that most of a VW bug will fit in a 1/4 ton military trailer? If you cut it into small enough peices. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
    There are a couple shots on the following links.
    http://www.ofoto.com/BrowsePhotos.jsp?UV=81079420401_20303657503&amp;US=0&amp;collid=41163157503
    http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/mi775530045/lst?.dir=/Clean+Up&amp;.src=ph&amp;.order=&amp;.view=t&amp;.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/bc/mi775530045/lst%3f%26.dir=/Clean%2bUp%26.src=ph%26.view=t
    The mass of junk in the little trailer is most of a VW bug. The black one had a little more left and some of it was on another trailer. The yellow one at the end of the Yahoo pictures is mostly in that trailer. The seats and a little of the rest was in BigJBears truck.
     
  5. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    A little note on the dump truck, as Grim said it was huge. Whem I say full I talking we had to get inside w/ a torch and sledge hammer so he could get the thing to empty. We packed that sucker FULL! My Blazer has the back seat out and was FULL w/ bags of trash and Bug seats &amp; floor pan. There was a 20' flat bed trailer that was FULL w/ appliances and trash, along w/ 3 full Jeep trailers. When we got to dump to unload there were so many people ready to help unload that not all of them were able to. This is something I am proud to say I was a part of.
    These are the kind of things clubs do. If you're not involved w/ a local club start looking for one. Its nice that CK5 is #1 on top 4x4, but thing how great it would be if we all put that effort into a local group. Just my $.02.
     
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    Even though we don't have actual ORV areas here in NY, my club cleans up the trails we ride on every year. Our land is dissappearing so fast, it's not funny, so we take very good care of whats left in the hopes that people will notice. We left one area with 9 30 gallon contractors bags FULL of garbage after some kids had a 4/20 party, yet the land owner told us not to come back afterwards. Sometimes you just can't win, but we've made a huge difference on other trails. We strive very hard to keep up a good image around our area, and it pays off in the end most of the time.
     
  7. Grim-Reaper

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    If that land is in anyway government controlled it has the potential for raising funds. Even if it is an unmaintaind County road I think it can be included in www.ISTEA.org . The Richmt trail is a County rd that is actually blocking the FS from manufacturing more roadless/wilderness area. We worked with the county on that one. There was not time to see what it would take to get it in the program so it was a Freebie but it did not go unnoticed. The county let us use their landfill and even kept it open after hours for us.
     

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