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Trash Clean-up at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, February 4, 2013
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Refuge Biologist Patty Morrison picking up trash.
Refuge Biologist Patty Morrison picking up trash. - Photo Credit: Sara Siekierski
Jan, a volunteer, helps pick up trash along the creek bank.
Jan, a volunteer, helps pick up trash along the creek bank. - Photo Credit: Sara Siekierski
Trash starting to mount up. By the end of the day we had 20 cubic yards and 42 tires!
Trash starting to mount up. By the end of the day we had 20 cubic yards and 42 tires! - Photo Credit: Sara Siekierski

On January 15, 2013, the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge conducted a trash clean-up on the Buffalo Creek tract. The clean-up was a huge success! Nine volunteers and all nine Ohio River Islands staff worked hard to clean up over 20 cubic yards of trash and 42 old tires. Trash had been a growing problem at Buffalo Creek with large items and large volumes of garbage being dumped in the parking lot on top of everyday litter. With things cleaned up, we hope to increase awareness that the refuge is a site to be protected and enjoyed not dumped on and taken for granted.

 

Public opinion of the clean-up has been very positive with people happy to see the area looking like a wildlife refuge and not a dump. The Buffalo Creek tract is most commonly used for fishing but also offers great opportunities for birding. With less trash these activities should be more enjoyable as well as improve the habitat for wildlife. The nearly 20 acre Buffalo Creek mainland property is located north of Wheeling, off Bethany Pike in Wellsburg, WV.


Contact Info: Matthew Magruder, 304-375-2923 x117, matthew_magruder@fws.gov



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