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October 2009 Off-Road Rant - Editorial

Posted in Features on October 1, 2009
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Back in the June issue of OFF-ROAD I wrote an editorial about how much I despise litter and waste in our environment. I asked readers to write and email pictures of themselves cleaning up trash. I greatly appreciate everyone's responses and the positive feedback we got at the magazine, and I wanted to show our gratitude by printing a few of the first letters that came in.

And on behalf of OFF-ROAD Magazine, I just wanted to say thanks again to anyone who ever takes the time to "pick it up and pack it in" so it doesn't get left in the dirt.

You don't need to be part of some big club or organization to make a difference. Just picking up a candy wrapper off the ground on your way to work makes a difference!

Thanks again to everyone who helps in keeping our world a little cleaner!

I too hate people who litter-especially smokers who throw their butts on the ground! This picture is from "Operation Desert Sweep" in 1991 at Barstow. I'm not in the pic but I was there picking up junk and cleaning our desert!

I'll look for you at one of the next desert clean-up events. Thanks for the great magazine. I enjoy it as much as Dirt Sports - sometimes more!
Greg Stonebraker
La Crescenta, CA

Here's a photo of me picking up some trash south of San Felipe in Baja. We always bring out more than we took in. I've enjoyed your take on the off-road scene and how the magazine has changed under your direction.

Keep up the good work!
Steve Hetrick
San Diego, CA

Hey Jerrod,
In your OFF-ROAD Rant column you were advocating for keeping our outdoor areas clean, and I couldn't agree more. It doesn't matter who littered: if we don't take care of it, more and more areas will be shut down. I subscribe because of your columns and the $5K prerunner build (I have a 1994 toyota pickup, just like the one you guys are building).

This picture was taken in January of this year, while camping out in the desert I noticed a plastic bag caught in the tree above my tent. I climbed up to get it out and my wife snapped some pics (I like to leave campsites cleaner than I found them).
Joe McGowen
Phoenix, AZ

Here's a pic of me picking up trash while I was home on leave from Afghanistan (where I'm a paratrooper with Charlie Co. 3-509). I'm currently stationed in Alaska, and my wife and I will be driving back up there from Vegas at the end of my tour.... Can't wait to see how much trash we pick up along the way!
PFC Matthew B. Sanders,
Orgun-E, Afghanistan

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If we did this every weekend we wouldn't be able to keep up. This is a biannual event and this year's involved RCPFA (Rock Crawlers for the Preservation of Future Access), Virginia Krawlers, Nova Jeepers, Beltway Jeepers and more. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Carrie Seningen
Culpeper, VA

Great magazine!
I've been reading your mag for many, many years. Keep up the good work!

My wife and I pick up trash on the trail that runs by the lake near where we live. The dogs ride along and supervise.
Chris Blakely
Bayfield, CO

A shout out to anyone and everyone who ever picks a piece of trash off the ground! On behalf of myself and OFF-ROAD Magazine, I just wanted to say that we all very much appreciate the clean efforts put in by so many people! Thanks so much, guys!
-Jerrod Jones

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