The Okanagan Forest Task Force is cleaning up the community from others’ garbage.

The Okanagan Forest Task Force is cleaning up the community from others’ garbage.

Okanagan task force targets trash

Thanks to the community’s support and a group of volunteers, the Okanagan Forest Task Force is growing

Thanks to the community’s support and a group of volunteers with the goal of cleaning up the outdoors, the Okanagan Forest Task Force is growing exponentially – which means their online presence needs to grow too.

Compete with photos, videos and even a new app, OFTF is ready to release a website that targets illegal dumps and finds those willing to clean up the mess others leave behind.

Spokesperson Kane Blake says since the first official clean-up effort of the year, support for OFTF has been through the roof and the now charitable organization is growing larger than organizers could have ever dreamed up.

“In our first four-months of existence we have managed to remove 26, 488 pounds of garbage and pulled out 25,480 pounds of scrap metal,” said Blake.

“That is an amazing 51,928 pounds of waste that was illegally dumped in the forests around our city”

Unfortunately OFTF’s efforts are only the tip of the iceberg in cleaning up a up a problem that has become a concern in natural areas around B.C.

“This new website will help show people through galleries and videos about this problem and hopefully bring more awareness to the issue of illegal dumping in the back-country,” explained Blake.

OFTF would like to thank the sponsors, the community, and the people willing to put boots to the ground; because without these dedicated residents none of this would be possible.

To learn more about OFTF, go to www.okanaganforesttaskforce.com or check out the Facebook group.