Volunteers needed for a Bear Creek Stewardship Day clean-up event on September 24th, 2022 within the Bear Creek Watershed and along the Bear Creek Greenway in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

The Bear Creek Stewards, an organization comprised of the cities within Jackson County, as well as other local groups and businesses, are looking for volunteers to participate in Bear Creek Stewardship Day on September 24th, 2022.

Activities will include removing litter and debris in addition to invasive plant removal and gardening maintenance tasks along Bear Creek and the Bear Creek Greenway from Central Point to Ashland. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. Coffee, juice, water, and snacks for clean-up volunteers will be provided. Participants can get clean-up materials such as trash bags, trash pickers, and gloves to use during the event, although bringing your own equipment is encouraged.

The Bear Creek Stewardship Day event will have check-in locations at Pine Street/Peninger Road in Central Point; McAndrews Road in Medford, adjacent to the Greenway; Hawthorne Park in Medford; Alba Drive in S. Medford, near Barnett Road; Coyote Trails Nature Center within Lithia & Driveway Fields, in Medford; Northridge Terrace, in Medford; Lynn Newbry Park in Talent; and Wranglers Arena in S. Talent/N. Ashland, off of Hwy. 99 and south of Talent Avenue. For participants looking for more than trash removal, pollinator garden maintenance and blackberry grubbing and removal will occur at Coyote Trails Nature Center, blackberry grubbing and removal events will occur at Northridge Terrace and Lynn Newbry Park, and a planting, weeding, watering and interpretive signage clean-up event will occur at the Pine Street Greenway entrance. A limited number of tools for these activities will be provided, but volunteers may want to bring their own gloves and hand clippers/loppers if they have them.

While SOLVE is the state-wide sponsor, there are several other sponsors for the event including Extreme Terrain, the Gordon Elwood Foundation, Grange Co-op, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Lithia & Driveway, Inc., Medford Food Co-op, Recology, Rogue Disposal, Starbucks, Stream Smart: A Rogue Basin Clean Water Project, and The Freshwater Trust.

Volunteers can find more information and register for the event at www.bearcreekstewards.org. We hope to see you there!

Press Release from RVCOG