The Forest Service held their NPLD projects a week early due to some scheduling conflicts, but despite the last minute date change the turnout of volunteers was awesome with representatives from many of the different user groups in attendance. Upon arriving at the reservoir it was decided that one group would work on a trail re-route over by the dam, while the rest would tackle cleaning up the reservoir and shoveling/sweeping sand back into place.
Prior to the event i had been contacted about a couch that had been spotted in the river, so a small group of us headed down to clear it out. Fortunately Coy was smart enough to bring rubber boots to wade out into the freezing water in, and single handedly moved the couch close enough to the shore for the rest of us to assist dragging it out. After pulling it up to the road, the group split up and began cleaning out trash from the various picnic areas nearby and pulled out 5 or so trash bags worth of garbage. We then met back up at the reservoir and assisted in shoveling sand out of the rain gutters and back to the beach.
Upon completion of that task, a few of us headed down to the ranger station, dumped the trash, discovered we arent the only ones finding furniture in the canyon(anyone need a couch?) and loaded up 30 fence rails onto a trailer which will be used next week on NPLD for the BOAR fencing project. Thanks to the assistance with the loading of the rails, i was able to deposit them at the various sites in the canyon where they will be needed, which will save an immense amount of time on project day.
Thank you to all who made it out to this event, and a special thank you goes to Recreation Outlet, who brought water bottles, bandannas, and head-wraps for everyone. Its awesome to see a local business out in support of service efforts in the canyon.