Laramie Ranger District partners with Common Outdoor Ground to clean up Pole Mountain

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On Monday, July 9, volunteers will give Pole Mountain a much needed clean-up after the Fourth of July holiday and two busy weekends. The Laramie Ranger District and Wyoming Department of Transportation have partnered with Common Outdoor Ground (COG), a community organization in southeast Wyoming, to host a clean-up event on the popular section of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The event will take place from 4-8 p.m. and volunteers can show up at any point during that time slot to grab a trash bag and do their part in keeping our National Forests free of litter.

Meet at the Summit Visitor Center on I-80 (Abraham Lincoln Statue) and then head out to a variety of locations, either pre-located sites or other areas that may need attention. Volunteers may show up and depart at their leisure, they will just be asked to sign in at the Summit prior to heading out and then to check back in before leaving, so that the garbage can be collected.

Forest Service staff will be available to assist with extracting and hauling larger items, and Common Outdoor Ground will be signing volunteers in and directing them to sites that need the most help.

Please bring work gloves and appropriate clothing, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. Food will be provided by Common Outdoor Ground and the Big Hollow Food Co-op. Additional contributions to the event were made by City of Laramie – Solid Waste Division, and Ridley’s Family Market.

If interested in volunteering for the clean-up event, please send an email to commonoutdoorground@gmail.com or message COG on Facebook at ‘Common Outdoor Ground’.

Also, if you know of a specific location that’s a mess and needs cleaned up, then send
COG the location(s) and volunteers can be directed to the site. Coordinates and specifics are helpful.

For more information about the clean-up day, contact Travis Owens with the Laramie District Recreation Program, tjowens@fs.fed.us, (307) 745-2368, or the COG Steering Committee, commonoutdoorground@gmail.com.

Common Outdoor Ground is a community organization providing volunteer support for sustainability of outdoor spaces in southeast Wyoming. COG recently signed a 2018 group volunteer agreement with the Laramie Ranger District to help coordinate volunteers and resources for multiple work days and events.