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On Thursday, Earth Day 51, Young and his climbing class roped 40 feet down the canyon wall to collect and remove trash, debris, and even shopping carts that fell over the edge.
The rim cleaning on Thursday was the second time the climbing class rappelled into the canyon to clean up large debris and rubbish.
“The goal was for people to pick up trash along the edge and train them to rappel down to clean up and get trash out of the canyon,” Hunter said. “It’s a heavily used section of the trail and the rim, so any effort helps.”
Other past clean-up days the outdoor leadership program has participated in include events at Auger Falls Park and Yingst Class in Jerome County.
“There are members of our community who help maintain the trails and clean up the entire valley,” said Young. “If we have the opportunity to organize another project, we are generally happy to do so.”
The biggest challenge that Young thinks of Magic Valley is communicating when and how things are happening, and making sure the right people who want to get involved know where they need to be.
“People are really interested in living in a place that seems healthy and clean and that people care,” he said.