For the last 8 years Ken Yager and his friends spend one weekend at the end of summer wandering around the park, cleaning up junk and removing garbage from all the nooks and crannies of Yosemite. It’s a great event and you’re welcome to come, help clean up the park, make new friends, and have a good time.
This years Yosemite Facelift will begin on Wednesday, September 21 and go through Sunday, September 25, 2010.
Last year, over 1,000 Yosemite Facelift volunteers collected 172,307 pounds of trash, with over 140,000 pounds of it being old asphalt and concrete. Over 80 percent of the trash collected was recycled. More than 160 miles of roadway were cleaned, as well as over 100 miles of trails and 20 miles of river corridor.
Interested volunteers should sign up at the booth in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21st through Sunday, September 25th. A second check-in station will be located at Lembert Dome Parking Area in Tuolumne Meadows. The Tuolumne Meadows booth will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. Crew leaders will be at the booths to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booths each day by 5:00 p.m. to be weighed and sorted.
Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for every day they volunteer. There will be a raffle held each day of the event at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center booth at 5:00 p.m. An end of event reception will be held on Sunday, September 25th, and will include complimentary food and beverages, and live music by Little Brother.
Individuals who are unable to participate during the cleanup, but would still like to help, may make a tax deductible donation to help pay for costs associated with the cleanup effort. Donations can be made to the Yosemite Climbing Association at P.O. Box 89 Yosemite, California 95389
Don’t forget to visit the Yosemite Facelift page on Facebook to keep up with what’s happening at the event, see photos and share with your friends.