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Friday, June 14, 2024

Over 73,000 pounds of litter removed from Ocala National Forest

Over 73,000 pounds of litter, including furniture, boats, and tires, was removed from the Ocala National Forest through the collaborative efforts of multiple organizations.

Over the month of April, the United States Forest Service partnered with two other organizations under a “united goal” of restoring some of the forest’s natural beauty, according to a statement from the service.

Volunteers collecting trash in the Ocala National Forest
Crews collecting trash at the Ocala National Forest. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

“This April, in celebration of Earth Day, we witnessed an extraordinary collaboration between the Gambler 500, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Central Florida Dog Hunters, united by a common goal: To restore the natural beauty of our forest” reads the statement.

Trash collected from Ocala National Forest
Some of the trash collected from the Ocala National Forest in April. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

According to the department, over 36.6 tons of trash (73,200) were removed from the forest. The group says that much of the trash was not just the “usual litter,” but much “larger debris,” like vehicles, tires, and furniture.

This boat was removed from the Ocala National Forest
This boat was one of several pieces of “larger debris” that was removed from the Ocala National Forest. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Gambler 500 and the CFDH for their unwavering commitment. A special shoutout to all the volunteers who dedicated their time and energy—your contribution has made a significant impact on the health and vitality of our forest,” reads the statement from the U.S. Forest Service.