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Volunteers will collect trees

Joyce Hollister, Staff Writer

A new club at Douglas High School will pick up Christmas trees and take them to the county recycling center in a project designed to raise funds for outdoor trips.

The DHS Alpine Club participates in a mixture of outdoor activities, said member Tyler Jeffers of Minden.

“We do a lot of outings,” he said, “trying to focus on concerns, such as wildlife. We do a lot of extracurricular activities for people who like the wilderness and hiking and climbing. Our next trip is to Rock Sport, a Reno climbing gym.”

Earlier this month, the club went to Death Valley where they hiked, visited a museum and made a fairly hard trek up a canyon to a waterfall.

The group is trying to get off the ground, Jeffers said. The Alpine Club has seven members, both boys and girls, and an ideal number of members would be around 15 to 20. The club advisers are Adam Lazear, Mark Lilly and Hal Starratt.

The group’s ultimate trip is a four- or five-day hike in Yosemite during spring break.

“The club is opening up to people who maybe don’t know they’re interested or not, but like hiking around in the woods,” Jeffers said. “It’s really expanding now.”

President of the club is Tasha McCann, and bookkeeper is Teslyn Lenhart.

People who want to have their Christmas tree hauled away may call 782-5136, ext. 1937. Leave your name, address and phone number in your message.

Trees, which have to be prepared for recyling (stripped of all ornaments, tinsel or artifical snow), will be picked up Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free, but donations will be accepted.

According to Jeffers, some members don’t have the equipment for an overnight camping trip and hike, plus some rock-climbing, so the club is raising funds.