Is "pack it in, pack it out" too much to ask?
Venture to almost any public riding area immediately after a holiday weekend and you’re likely to find piles of trash, water bottles and empty beer cans left behind. In high trafficked areas like Glamis, California, the amount of refuse left behind is disturbing. While this behavior is detestable and no doubt a significant factor in the closing of popular riding areas, a group of Glamis regulars have launched the Glamis Black Bag Project as a way to encourage people to practice good stewardship of the dunes and take their garbage with them.
In just the few short weeks since launching, the Black Bag Project has garnered some major attention for their good deeds and the initiative seems to be picking up speed. Just a few days ago, following the busy Thanksgiving weekend, retired NASCAR driver Greg Biffle was out helping pick up trash and praising the group’s efforts.
The reality is, we all need to do our part to preserve our riding areas and keep them open. Environmental groups are looking for any opportunity they can find to close down more areas and if the general public isn’t more careful, we won’t have these incredible riding areas much longer. Huge props to the gang from the Glamis Black Bag Project for doing something about it.
Be sure and give them a follow on Facebook and if you’d like to contribute to their efforts, the group recently started a Go Fund Me me campaign. The organizers, all of whom are volunteers, explained they aren’t concerned with raising a bunch of money but after so many requests from people who want to support what they’re doing, they reluctantly agreed.