Clean up efforts help beautify and preserve open space
One of the many benefits of living in the Carson Valley is our proximity to open space. Northern Nevada’s high desert climate and topography afford outdoor enthusiasts ample opportunity to explore and enjoy these undeveloped areas. Unfortunately, some choose to use these stretches of land as dumping grounds.
Both the Pine Nut mountain range and the Gardnerville Ranchos sand pits are littered with items such as old mattresses, used tires, broken furniture, rusty appliances and cars, and bags of decaying garbage and yard debris.
Aside from being both a danger and an eyesore, these carelessly discarded items pose a threat to the environment via potential soil and water contamination. In an effort to combat the pollution, several fall cleanup days are planned.
The first takes place this Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Organized by the Pine Nut Mountain Trails Association, (PNMTA), a volunteer crew plans to meet at Pine Nut Road 2 (across from the remote-controlled model airplane field) in Gardnerville. PNMTA will provide dumpsters, garbage bags, tools, water, and lunch. Volunteers are encouraged to bring friends and family, as well as trucks and other utility and off-highway vehicles (OHV) to help haul trash from the range. Be sure to wear gloves.
PNMTA’s fall clean up effort continues on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the end of Johnson Lane near the OHV access.
PNMTA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for public access to public lands along with the safe and responsible use of them. The organization’s cleanup days promote community outreach, engagement, and awareness. PNMTA was recently awarded a $12,000 grant to help fund ongoing efforts to keep shared open spaces clean and clear.
The PNMTA meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Their next meeting will be held Nov. 13 at El Aguila Real restaurant, 1387 US Hwy 395N in Gardnerville.
Sierra Stompers’ fall cleanup and flag raising
The Sierra Stompers 4WD Club, OHV Chapter hosts another fall cleanup in the Gardnerville Ranchos sand pits on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Volunteers will meet at the end of Tillman Lane and come prepared by wearing gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants.
Organizers have made arrangements with a number of local businesses to assist with the cleanup. Onsite, there will be four backhoes, numerous hauling trailers, three 40-yard dumpsters, and a number of port-a-potties. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their trucks and trailers, shovels and rakes, five-gallon buckets, and trash bags.
Many local businesses are lending equipment and support. They include: ABE Printing, Ahern Rentals, Curtis and Sons Construction, DGD Development, Distinct Interiors, Douglas Disposal, Pizza Factory, Simerson Construction, and Tom Goldston Roofing.
A raffle is planned as a way to add fun and interest to the event. Sierra Stompers OHV member Mike Pailliotet said, “We will be giving out raffle tickets to attendees each time they bring back a load of junk to one of three dumpsters. The more you bring back, the more tickets you’ll earn to increase your chances of winning.”
Raffle prizes donated by local businesses include gift certificates to Testa Motorsports and Carson City Motor Sports; restaurant gift cards to Francisco’s Mexican, Jethro’s, and The Grill Next Door; gift baskets from Genoa Country Store; free haircuts from Main Street Barbershop; a free wheel alignment at Les Schwab; family fun packs from Wink’s Silver Strike Bowling, and Ironwood Theater movie tickets.
The cleanup will culminate with the raising of the American flag on the hill near the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District’s southwest water tank, along with a dedication ceremony and plaque presented to U.S. Army veteran and Ranchos resident Travis Sawin. The national anthem will be sung, and the celebration will continue with vendor booths, food, and drinks.
The new flagpole and installation were paid for through a GoFundMe account established by Pailliotet. Flying high atop a 35-foot pole, the flag will be “visible from many different vantage points all over the valley,” he said.
The Sierra Stompers meet at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Jethro’s, 1281 Kimmerling Road, in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For information about Sierra Stompers OHV or their fall cleanup, visit their Facebook page.
It should be noted that under Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 444.630, unauthorized dumping on Nevada public lands is a misdemeanor and can result in civil and criminal penalties, revocation of business licenses, and community service sentences.
Citizens may report dumping violations to a local health officer, game warden, sheriff’s deputy, police, or other peace officer. Information leading to the conviction of any person or persons violating NRS 444.630 will be rewarded with $100.
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