By James Sullivan
On July 15, the Morgan Duke Conservation Society, along with seven new volunteers came together and had a litter clean-up day at the Hudson River Special Management Area, known as the Buttermilk & Bear Slides in Lake Luzerne.
The new volunteers came from Hudson Falls, Glens Falls, Hadley, and Lake Luzerne and other places. They helped picked up garbage throughout the area, along the road, and around campsites near the Hudson River. Several of the volunteers removed some of the graffiti that was on the rocks.
In 2014, The Morgan Duke Conservation Society signed its very first Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with DEC to help maintain and preserve the natural resources at the Hudson River Special Management Area. After a few years, there were only six volunteers there. Now, after the clean-up event that took place on July 15, there are 13 volunteers for the Hudson River Special Management Area. I would like to thank everyone who signed up that day to help clean the big mess in the Hudson River Special Management Area. Morgan Duke Conservation Society and many volunteers want to see the Hudson River Special Management Area clean for many generations to come.
Families should not have to take their kids to the area and see garbage on trails, inside campsites, and near the water. Seeing graffiti makes the forest look terrible, and kids and families should not have to see writings there.
James Sullivan is the founder of the Morgan Duke Conservation Society, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization under IRS Code. If anyone would like to donate to the Morgan Duke Conservation Society to help create more clean-up events at the Hudson River Special Management Area can visit www.morganduke.ngo.