Over 1 million visitors rely on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area to escape the heat and noise of the Las Vegas valley each year. After 12 years of collecting over 50 TONS of litter that these visitors have left behind, Southern Nevada Conservancy’s Go Mt Charleston Team continues to work toward finding a better way to help visitors dispose of their trash and pet waste properly.

Southern Nevada Conservancy has worked closely with local, regional, and global partners to raise awareness and funding for waste reduction efforts. Supporters include Heineken, Smith’s, PT's Taverns, Green Valley Grocery, Lee Canyon, iHeart Radio, NV Energy, and Republic Services, and along with the Mt Charleston License Plate Program, have helped us to raise over $20,000. This support helps make it possible for the Go Mt Charleston team to provide trash and recycling services to the forest. This year, the Go Mt Charleston team will be able to add 16 pet waste stations alongside the trash and recycling bins that were installed last year at the Spring Mountains’ busiest trailheads and recreation areas through this ongoing community partnership!

Last National Public Lands Day, we kicked off our new Green the Mountain program, where 13 trash and recycling cans were placed at the most visited areas with a cleanup and BBQ for over 400 volunteers. This year, we are expecting over 700 volunteers to celebrate the first year of the Green the Mountain program by installing pet waste stations and planting Joshua tree seedlings, along with a litter pickup followed by a BBQ and concert. In the year since the receptacles were installed, our volunteers have found measurably less litter, which will help us focus on the microtrash at this event. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up soon, spaces are filling up fast: Green the Mountain 2019 registration

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