Go Mt. Charleston Hosts 'Green the Mountain' Celebration on National Public Lands Day
By: Lee Canyon
After the cleanup projects, the public is invited to attend a free, all-ages Green the Mountain concert with music by The Russian Dragon featuring prominent guitarist Ben Cary, from noon to 3 p.m. All beverage purchases at the concert benefit Go Mt. Charleston's year-round litter program.
In the last 12 years, Southern Nevada Conservancy's Go Mt. Charleston has collected more than 50 tons of litter left behind by the more than 1 million annual visitors to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Green the Mountain schedule is:
9 – 11 a.m. Site-based litter cleanups and seedling planting
11a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteer lunch and live music
Noon - 3 p.m. Free concert
"Most visitors to the Spring Mountains want to do the right thing and make sure their trash is disposed of properly, but they may not understand that pet waste is also harmful to the forest ecosystem," says Leonie Mowat, operations and communications director for Southern Nevada Conservancy. "We have seen a measurable reduction in litter found in the year since installing the trash and recycling receptacles, and we hope the addition of pet waste stations will further curb the litter issue in the Spring Mountains."
Supporters include Heineken, Smith's, PT's Taverns, Green Valley Grocery, Lee Canyon, iHeart Radio, NV Energy, and Republic Services, who have helped us to raise over $20,000. This support helps make it possible for the Go Mt Charleston team to provide trash and recycling services to the forest.
"The ongoing enthusiasm of our partners for helping us clean up the Spring Mountains sets a wonderful example for their own customers and for the visitors to the Mt Charleston area," Leonie adds. "As the Las Vegas community grows, it is important to remind residents - new and old - to help protect this small alpine oasis for generations to come."
Go Mt. Charleston is no longer accepting volunteers for this event, though volunteers are encouraged to help year-round by visiting http://www.gomtcharleston.com.