Forest Service Takes Part in ‘Trash Olympics’

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Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT


Pictured with the trash they collected are (l-r) Chris Mattrick, Holly Knox, Cera Hurley, Lindsay Rae Silvia, Keith Roberts, Melissa Green, Joe Cahill, and Sue Staats. (Provided) Pictured with the trash they collected are (l-r) Chris Mattrick, Holly Knox, Cera Hurley, Lindsay Rae Silvia, Keith Roberts, Melissa Green, Joe Cahill, and Sue Staats. (Provided) Over a dozen employees of the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts of the Green Mountain National Forest recently picked up four truckloads of trash and debris as part of their fifth annual Trash Olympics. Paint cans, furniture, tires, household waste, and other items were found during the event.

“Each year, the staff of the Rochester Middlebury Ranger District hold what we call Trash Olympics,” explained District Ranger Chris Mattrick. “This is a district work day that focuses on cleaning up the debris and trash that is dumped in the National Forest by members of the public”

“Beyond it being an effort to keep our forest beautiful, it’s a great team building event and stress reliever for staff members,” he added. “It’s also a great opportunity for our staff to spend the day with coworkers cleaning up the forest we love— with an element of competition.”

The work day started as an opportunity to engage all employees with a day in the field, working across program areas to clean up the forest. It has since become the district’s most competitive event with an annual “Trashie” awarded to the group garnering the most points. Additional awards are provided for the most interesting and most disgusting trash items.

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