Sending the message that “We need to clean this up,” a 14-year-old Boy Scout recently led a dumpsite-clearing project in Nevada, invoking help from his troop and local officials in the town of Lund.
Skyler Carter, who led the effort as part of his service project to attain the rank of Eagle, aimed at cleaning up an illegal dumpsite south of Lund, according to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) release. Efforts involved removal of debris ranging from household trash to a hot tub.
“People keep dumping stuff here,” Carter,, who belongs to Boy Scouts of America Troop 66, said in the release. “We need to clean this up – it’s nasty.”
Due to Carter’s efforts, the local BLM field office designated the project as 2017’s National Public Lands Day event, , John Miller, the BLM’s Bristlecone office’s outdoor recreation planner, said in the release.
"(Carter) already organized the community, enlisting those with equipment to haul sizable items, such as washers and dryers, to dumpsters placed onsite,” Miller said in the release. “Most of the bulkier pieces will be removed before the majority of the volunteers arrive to finish picking up on Sept. 30.”
BLM will install signage discouraging further illegal dumping at the site as well as a message acknowledging the Scout’s efforts.
“It’s a big project, but something has to be done,” Jared Carter, Skyler’s father, said in the release.