Roadside trash is a persistent problem in the Bankhead National Forest, detracting from the visual appeal of this magnificent resource and creating a bad impression for forest visitors. Wild South’s Helping Hands program has held many trash pickup projects over the years in an effort to both clean up the mess and to encourage the public to treat the forest with more respect.
As part of this year’s MLK National Day of Service, we are planning a cleanup of roadside litter in one of the most highly traveled and visible areas of the forest. Please join us if you can on Monday, January 18, to help us beautify a short stretch of the Cranal Road, which serves as the southern boundary of the Sipsey Wilderness. Our goal is to clean up at least the mile between Highway 33 and the Bunyan Hill Road. With more volunteers, we can accomplish more!
Where: We will meet at the Wild South office on the courthouse square in Moulton.
When: Plan to be at the office no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Day. If you would rather meet us up at the east end of the Cranal Road, please let us know ahead of time.
What to bring: We’ll provide all the tools and safety equipment you need, such as trash grabbers, buckets, trash bags and high visibility vests. Dress appropriately for the weather, with sturdy shoes appropriate for hiking, and work gloves. Bring drinking water, snacks and a lunch.
Sign up in advance by emailing Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 256-974-6166.
This will be a short work day, so that we can add some fun. After lunch and our work is complete, we’ll take a short hike off trail to a scenic waterfall or other attraction nearby, since this project is all about celebrating the beauty of our public lands.
Wild South’s Helping Hands Volunteer Program is made possible by a grant from The National Forest Foundation, a grant from Walker Area Community Foundation Community Fund, and gifts from individual donors.