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September 19, 2020 - The End

Trash Dogs, the volunteer organization known since 2007 for “cleaning up the forest one pile at a time,” has called off the Dogs. After scores of cleanup events accomplished by enthusiastic volunteers and funded by public generosity and U.S. Forest Service grants, dissolution of the nonprofit public benefit corporation became effective September 2. Trash Dogs board of directors made the difficult decision to dissolve after consideration of numerous factors, including the end of public cleanup events for the foreseeable future due to social safety measures made necessary by the covid-19 pandemic. On a positive note, the last several years have shown promising improvement on the illegal trash-dumping front. The Chetco Bar fire of 2017 seemed to be a turning point. There have been far fewer dumpsites reported to Trash Dogs by the public, by local law enforcement or by Forest Service personnel than in years preceding the fire. The best case scenario for healthy and beautiful forests and waterways includes lack of need for an organization like Trash Dogs.

Special acknowledgement and thanks go to the founding father - or rather the Lead Dog - of Trash Dogs, Ed Gross. His ceaseless devotion to the Trash Dogs mission with founding participants Harve Timeus, Ray Sundblad and Jerry Sweeney has contributed to a healthier environment for fish, wildlife, forest soil, drinking water and the users of our local forestlands and waterways. Gratitude also to the late Bobbie Gross, otherwise known as the “Cookie Lady,” for many years of baking homemade cookies for Trash Dog volunteers to enjoy on cleanup outings.

Dogs: Del Hodges, Steve Lowe, Bonnie Kuppler, Ed Gross, Harve Timeus, Andy Gross, Bill Hauer, Kathy and Leo Appel, and Bobbie Gross.

Additional acknowledgement and thanks to the current Trash Dog board of directors and officers for their service, Wayne Sundin, Steve Lowe, Victor Ortega and Mark Anderson, as well as administrator Kitt Carsten.

The greatest thanks and recognition belong to the financial donors and volunteers whose environmental awareness, community concern, generosity and participation made the Trash Dogs mission possible and successful. Curry Transfer and Recycling deserves recognition as well for providing Trash Dogs a 25% discount on dump fees.

In an effort to disburse the nonprofit’s remaining funds in a manner reflective of Trash Dogs donor diversity, the board selected six nonprofit organizations within Curry County to receive equal shares of the funds. It is hoped that Trash Dogs contributors may feel gratified that their donations were paid forward to the following worthy causes: Wild Rivers Land Trust, Curry Citizens for Public Land Access, Community Center (previously Senior Center) of Gold Beach, Curry Community Cares, Coastal Home Health & Hospice, and Brookings Harbor Community Helpers.

March 9, 2020 - Update 179

Trash Dog Event # 179
Winchuck and Mt Emily Roads
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, 1-15-2020 , eleven Trash Dogs completed a busy week of trash collection and road-
side cleanup of abandoned camps. Two trailer loads and one pickup load included several
tents, tires, large tarps, fire wood, and coolers of spoiled food, blankets and a dozen bags of
garbage near Ludlum House. An abandoned car at Wheelers Grave was recovered and
disposed of by Wes’ Towing.

Arrrgggh!!!!

Arrrgggh!!!!

On the Mt Emily road it was a different story. No campsites, just piles of household garbage
including carpeting, a barbeque grill, a kitchen range, a bed frame, several mattresses, clothes,
kitchen ware and a dozen bags of garbage, enough to fill a trailer and pickup.

Volunteers

Volunteers

Total charges for removal and disposal for Trash Event # 179 were $169.62
Thanks to Trash Dogs, Elizabeth and Kevin Hooper, Mark Anderson, CeCe Johnson, James
Fournier, Steve Lowe, Marty Van Otterloo, Gary Maschmeyer, Wayne Sundin, Victor Ortega,
Jerry Sweeney and Ed Gross.

Ed Gross for the Dogs

June 15, 2019 - Update 178

Trash Dog Event # 178
Rogue River Cleanup on June 1, 2019
and refrigerator removal on June 10, 2019

Once again the Trash Dogs participated in the annual Rogue River Cleanup event hosted by the Lower Rogue Watershed Council. The Trash Dogs volunteers focused on the river bar adjacent to the old mill site where they retrieved discarded carpet and carpet padding, a small refrigerator, a tire and of course the usual load of plastic bottles, beer bottles, cans and miscellaneous household rubbish. From there we headed over to the pond located at the old mill site where we pulled another small refrigerator from the pond water along with several bags of trash, dumped clothing and bits and pieces of an old television set. After a job well done we hauled our full trailer up to Quosatana Campground to be emptied and to enjoy the post-cleanup barbeque, thanks to the Lower Rogue Watershed Council.

Dogs Victor Ortega, Marty Van Otterloo, Randy Patterson, Mark Anderson and James Fournier

Dogs Victor Ortega, Marty Van Otterloo, Randy Patterson, Mark Anderson and James Fournier

Dogs in action: Wayne Sundin and Ed Gross in the forground, Mark Anderson and Victor Ortega in the background

Dogs in action: Wayne Sundin and Ed Gross in the forground, Mark Anderson and Victor Ortega in the background

On June 10th, the Dogs went back to the Rogue River to retrieve yet another refrigerator from the road bank. We used our new electric winch to pull the fridge up the steep embankment and squeezed it under the guard rail to get it up to the road. While we were at it we collected a couple bags of trash that had been discarded along with the fridge.

A special thanks goes out to Wes’ Towing for accepting many of these refrigerators and appliances for recycle, as these things are incredibly expensive to dispose of otherwise.

The Trash Dogs donated the funds to pay for the roll-off dumpster for the Rogue River Cleanup on June 1st. Dump fees amounted to $8.19 for the trash we picked up on June 10th.

Trash Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Donations can be mailed to Trash Dogs, P.O. Box 444, Brookings, Oregon 97415.

Steve for the Dogs

May 21, 2019 - Update 177

Trash Dog Event # 177
Elk River Road on May 7, 2019

The Trash Dogs returned to the Elk River Road on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 to cleanup a dumpsite located in a tributary creek of the Elk River. This site was found 4.8 miles east of Highway 101 and appeared to have been there for quite some time. We recovered two cubic yards of trash and a small RV refrigerator, most of which was water logged and very stinky because it was laying in a creek bed.

Trashed creek bed

Trashed creek bed

Wayne Sundin and Mark Anderson with a full trailer

Wayne Sundin and Mark Anderson with a full trailer

Volunteers on this job were Wayne Sundin, Mark Anderson and Steve Lowe. Dump fees were $44.64, and the refrigerator was hauled to Wes’ Towing for recycle.

We would like to inform all of our great volunteers that the Trash Dogs are still active and will seek your assistance again as the need arises. We have completed several cleanups over the last six months or so and were able to get the jobs done with just three or four volunteers.

Fortunately, it appears there has been less illegal dumping since the Chetco Fire, perhaps due to restricted forest access. However, with summer approaching and more outdoor activity, we may see a rise in irresponsible dumping behavior.

Trash Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Donations can be mailed to Trash Dogs, P.O. Box 444, Brookings, Oregon 97415.

Steve for the Dogs
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