TEXT AND PHOTOS BY TOM FEE
The annual cleanup and preservation of the Fernley Deep Sand Swales of the California Trail and of the Central Pacific Railroad Bed takes place on the first Saturday of October. The October 4, 2008 event was on the 10th anniversary of the first cleanup organized by event founder Tom Fee during the summer of 1998.
Fifteen people had the courage to show up for the October 4 event, even though rain had been forecast for all day Saturday. Fortune smiled on us in that there was no rain at all and the day warmed up. Five of the volunteers are OCTA members, five are residents of Fernley, two are from Empire, Nevada, and three are employees of the Fernley Park Department.
There had been one bad place of dumped garbage (see pictures 1-3), one dish washer, two to three mattresses, the usual trash at the “shooting range”, and many piles of weeds and yard refuse. As always there were cans, bottles and lots of wind blown paper throughout the 130 acre Historic Preservation easement. The dumped household trash, appliances, and furniture was much less this year. However, the illegally dumped weeds and yard refuse has greatly increased.
Our thanks and appreciation go out to those volunteers who helped restore this very historic area to conditions closer to how it was when the emigrants passed through the area. Our thanks also go to Waste Management who supplied Free Dump Passes, to Barbara Corbin of the Wigwam Restaurant who supplied large trash bags, to Karen and Vince Giron who brought their long bed trailer, to Chris Beni who brought his trailer, to Dave Hollecker and to Linda Sanders who brought their pickup trucks. There were a total of eight loads of trash taken to the Fernley Transfer Station.