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‘Litter Heroes’ honored for removing over 100,000 pounds of trash from Ocala National Forest

An organization that runs multi-day, off-road, rally-style navigational challenges was honored for its efforts in removing over 100,000 pounds of trash from the Ocala National Forest.

Gambler 500 Florida, LLC was presented with the “Litter Hero” award during the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, May 7.

Gambler 500 group receives Litter Hero award from Marion County Board of County Commissioners
Gambler 500 group receives Litter Hero award from Marion County Board of County Commissioners.

The group was recognized for its efforts in helping to remove over 50 tons of litter from the forest.

Last month alone, Gambler 500 partnered with the United States Forest Service, and Central Florida Dog Hunters to remove over 73,000 pounds of litter from the Ocala National Forest, including furniture, boats, tires, and multiple other larger pieces of debris.

Trash collected from Ocala National Forest
Some of the trash collected from the Ocala National Forest in April by Gambler 500, Central Florida Dog Hunters, and the U.S. Forest Service. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

The “Litter Hero” award was created to recognize special organizations, groups, and individuals who make it their mission to preserve Marion County’s natural beauty.

The Gambler 500 operates races all over the country that tout innovation and creativity. The group invites all individuals to participate without restrictions. It encourages participants to create unique vehicles and invites “any street legal vehicle” to take part in its races. “The more impractical or fun, the better,” reads a statement from the organization’s website.