The Okanagan Forest Task Force has gone high tech and 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 said 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 previously estimated.
“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”
OFTF’s efforts are only the tip of the iceberg in cleaning up a up a problem that has become a concern of disturbing proportions in natural areas around British Columbia.
“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,” said 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.