AHRA, GARNA Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day with Annual Arkansas River Clean Up Green Up
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and the Greater
Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) are hosting the 31st Annual Clean Up Green Up in
conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday May 21.
There will be two volunteer registration/check-in stations from 8:30-9:30am on Saturday at the AHRA
Visitor Center in Salida (307 West Sackett) and at the Buena Vista Public Works shop (755 Gregg Dr.) to
get supplies and a lunch voucher for the post-clean up volunteer picnic. Volunteers can preselect online
or be assigned a location in the Arkansas River drainage between Granite and Cañon City to clean trash
and debris to prepare for a busy summer season. The cleanup coincides with the start of spring
snowmelt and runoff.
Trash drop off is from 10am-2pm at Vandaveer or BV Public Works or behind the entrance sign at any
AHRA-managed site. Trash dumpsters are provided by Waste Management and American Rivers is
providing the trash bags for volunteers.
A volunteer picnic will be held from noon to 2pm at both Vandaveer Ranch and Buena Vista Public
Works. Prizes will be awarded for Largest Piece of Trash and other categories. The City of Salida is also
holding the Annual Touch-A-Truck event at Vandaveer Ranch from 10am-2pm.
Volunteers are encouraged to pre sign up for a location at https://tinyurl.com/ChaffeeCUGU2022. For
those pre-registered with a location, check-in is not necessary unless you are planning to join the picnic
or need supplies.
Clean Up Green Up is in partnership with AHRA, GARNA, Bureau of Land Management, City of Salida,
Town of Buena Vista, Salida Parks Open Space & Trails (SPOT) and Trout Unlimited.
For more information, contact AHRA at 719-539-7289 or GARNA at 719-539-5106.