State forest scheduled for cleanup


MASON TOWNSHIP — Michigan Land Rescue, a volunteer group, will be cleaning up part of the Gladwin State Forest on April 24 and is looking for volunteers to help.

Dennis Bender, the Michigan Land Rescue coordinator for Arenac County, said that some of the trash being picked up is larger items such as mattresses and other types of furniture.

“It’s unbelievable the kind of trash people leave out there,” he said.

Bender also said that they are hoping to find a company that will take the tires they pick up that day.

“That’s our main issue right now,” he said, adding that there are about 20-30 tires in the area.

The Michigan Land Rescue team is a group of outdoor enthusiasts whose goal is to conserve and protect public land. The group works alongside other offices, such as the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, to clean up areas such as access sites, game areas and state parks.

Those interested in volunteering for the April 24 event will need to dress appropriately and bring a lunch and gloves. The team will be meeting at the corner of Briggs Road and Tyler Plains Road in Mason Township.

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