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THE TRASH ANGLERS CLEAN UP MAMMOTH LAKES BASIN, YEEHAAW!

WORDS BY PAZ MENDELEVITCH // PHOTOS BY JIMMY GOODMAN

 

Educating as opposed to shaming is the name of the game. Seeing 100+ Eastern Sierra residents laughing and smiling, (under their masks), while carrying multiple bags of garbage is not a scene you'd expect to come across on a very busy Saturday in the usual postcard backdrop that is the Mammoth Lakes Basin. 

 

Marcus found the biggest rats nest of fishing line we've ever seen!

 

A major issue that has been brought to light in the past few months in our little mountain community is the impact of over crowding and abuse of our public lands. Beer cans. Fishing line. Human waste. Trash everywhere. Something needs to change.

Fishing hooks are NOT dog friendly!

 

After much frustration it came down to our local residents having to step up and handle the situation.  It was great to see people of all ages and from all walks of life coming out to help clean our backyard we love and cherish. 

 

 Greyson, Owen, and Sage setting the example everyone should follow. 

 

We at Reka Outdoors are proud to call this place our home and want to thank every community member that continuously advocates for a cleaner Eastern Sierra.

The conversation will be ongoing but has been amplified recently in a way to bring more awareness than ever before, so lets keep it going.

A special thank you to our local brands and organizations that helped make this first of many clean up days possible! Pokonobe Marina, Sierra Dog Ventures, Ridge Merino, June Lake Brewing, Mammoth Mountain, Uncle Jimmy's BBQ, Devils Creek Distillery, 395 Anglers, Visit Mammoth, Mammoth Lakes Recreation.