In a recent Trash Talk article published in the Sierra Star, I mentioned that over the past seven years the volunteers for Keep Our Mountains Beautiful ( KOMB) have scheduled roadside litter cleanups and have removed 800 bags of trash off our area roadways.
What I didn't mention, however, is that most of the volunteers have been North Forkians. For years, North Fork has consistently had troops of Boy Scouts show up and aid in the endeavor. In Oakhurst and Coarsegold, it's been a challenge to attract volunteers.
For the last several cleanups, however, Oakhurst has benefited from Yosemite High School's football coach Kent Lincoln having his team participate. The football players have helped fill the dumpster and gather abandoned shopping carts.
Sad to say, Coarsegold has averaged about seven participants per cleanup. Seven people out of a population of roughly 10,000.
I'm hoping Coarsegold can do better this time around. The next cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May , and while I know there are many wonderful Mountain Area activities that day, perhaps community members can consider contributing an hour or two, or even do some cleaning up the week before.
Coarsegoldians let's show the rest of Eastern Madera County that we too care about our environment.
Sandee Scott, Coarsegold