The signs of spring are now easier to see as warmer temperatures slowly edge out the cold and snow gives way to rain — including ditches, trails and quiet lake bays filled with trash.
To combat the plethora of plastics, odd strands of rope and other debris, cleanups are planned this month and volunteers are needed to restore the landscape to its pristine condition.
The first is Saturday at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park where participants in the First of the Month Hike will be asked to pick a trail, pack a garbage sack and pluck away any trash they see.
Trail guide Pam Gibson, the park’s trails maintenance supervisor, said she packs about three bags of trash weekly from some of the park’s most popular trails, including Eagle Falls Trail where she recently saw a plastic water bottle shoved into a snake hole.
Hikers should gather at 9 a.m. at the park’s visitor’s center. Those participating in the hikes/cleanup will regroup about 2 p.m. to enjoy a hotdog for lunch.
Anyone with questions about this first-ever trails cleanup should call Gibson at 606-528-4121.
The PRIDE Spring Cleanup at the park will be held on Saturday, April 13. It is the sixth year for the event.
Volunteer registration begins at 9 a.m. that day at the visitor’s center. The cleanup is from 10 a.m. until noon and efforts will be aimed at roadside litter along Hwy. 90 and other roads near the park.
All volunteers will get a free lunch and have a chance to win door prizes. Free T-shirts are also available, while supplies last.
On Saturday, April 20, the annual PRIDE Laurel Lake Cleanup will take place at the Laurel River Dam from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As usual, the beach at the dam will serve as the event’s staging area.
Again, volunteers will receive a free lunch, T-shirt and the chance to win prizes. Participants can also submit odd pieces of trash for consideration in the “Catch of the Day” contest.
More information about the PRIDE cleanups can be found at kypride.org.