Massive greenway cleanup effort set for this morning

Regular users of the Bear Creek Greenway should be prepared for more company, and perhaps a bit of congestion on the trail today, as a horde of volunteers is scheduled to take on a variety of cleanup projects.

Approximately 800 volunteers from the Medford and Central Point Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to donate time and sweat this morning to help clean up the entire 20-mile stretch of the greenway between Ashland and the Rogue River.

While the trail will remain open, trail-users shoud be prepared to encounter a lot of people, as well as several support vehicles on the trail between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Bike riders are asked to be especially cautious and slow down on the trail, and to consider avoiding the trail during those hours.

Workers will prune and pull vegetation, paint structures and benches, repair fences and pick up litter as part of the Mormon Helping Hands project of Southern Oregon

Jenna Stanke, special projects manager for Jackson County, said the cleanup effort likely will be the largest volunteer day on the trail in its 35-year history.

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