On Thursday, February 4th, 28 [great smelling] volunteers from LUSH Cosmetics joined the staff of Los Padres ForestWatch in Burro Creek, a tributary to the Wild and Scenic Sespe Creek, adjacent to the Sespe Wilderness, less that 15 miles from the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, and the site of a decimated target shooting area.
Volunteers quickly set to work cleaning up the site, spreading out to find glass, bullet casings, plastic, and clay shards scattered throughout the floodplain.
Meanwhile, a small team of ambitious volunteers headed upstream to tackle a massive tamarisk plant. The photo here is what was left of the plant, the rest of the plant is that massive wood pile in the background to the left.
The cleanup went on for three hours until sunset, where despite the volunteers’ radiant skin, the light was fading and it was time to call it a day. In just three hours, the volunteers were able to remove more than 1,000 pounds of microtrash from this critical watershed. It was no small feat, and left a sizable dent in the microtrash at the area.
A huge thank you to LUSH for all of the support – both financial and in the forest. We had a ton of fun working with you on this project, and we look forward to working with you again this March.
For more information about LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, be sure to visit their site over at lushusa.com.
All photos courtesy of Summer Truschke.