Making it Shine on the Monongahela

A group of seven volunteers stand proudly in yellow caution vests, smiling in front of bags of trash


Anthony Creek -  Saturday, April 7, 2018

Two smiling volunteers pile bags of trash into the bed of a forest service pickup.On Saturday, April 7, 2018, volunteers from the Wilderness Medicine Club at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine came out to join Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) AmeriCorps and the Forest Service in cleaning up litter along Anthony Creek and Blue Bend Recreation Area. These areas are located on the Marlinton Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest (MNF). Thanks to the Make-It-Shine program offered by the West Virginia Department of Protection (DEP), eight volunteers helped AFHA AmeriCorps and Forest Service spruce up over 20 acres of the MNF land. Together 30 bags of trash were collected!




Camp Caesar -  Saturday, April 13, 2018


A mountain stream sparkles with blue water and clear banks after being cleaned by a volunteer team.


A pile of trash bags are accompanied by a discarded tire.Volunteers joined AFHA AmeriCorps and the Forest Service at Camp Caesar to clean up illegal dumping sites along Webster Road. With the help of the Make-It-Shine program, volunteers collected 13 bags of trash in a short 1.5 mile span. The group hopes to do another cleanup event to cover more ground and to set an example for others to keep the forest lands natural and thriving