Dayton residents spearhead trash cleanup |

Dayton residents spearhead trash cleanup

Special to the Nevada Appeal
Cleanup starts on a BLM Adopt-A-Site near Basalite Quarry east of Dayton with BLM Program Coordinator Corey Gardner, in the pink hat, who holds a safety meeting with residents of Copper Canyon Estates.
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A group of residents of the Copper Canyon Estates in Dayton has taken up service to clean up part of the desert.

The Cooper Canyon Breakfast Club meets once a week at the Roadrunner Café in Dayton for breakfast and camaraderie. The group averages between 5-15 men.

“We mostly gather to tell tall tales and give one another a hard time,” noted Hal Knudsen, one of the participants. “But several times this year, the group got together to clean up areas of the desert east of Dayton.”

Many of the group participants own jeeps or other off-road vehicles and enjoy hiking, four wheel driving, bike riding and other forms of recreation on our public lands.

“If we are out in our vehicles and see trash on the desert, then we pick it up so we don’t have to look at it on the way back,” said Keith Davis.

One of the areas the group has adopted is a site on public lands just to the east of Pine Nut Road near the gate of the Basalite quarrying operation north of U.S. 50 and east of Dayton. There were debris, spent shells, targets, carcasses, old shot up electronic devices, and old tires that were littered across the site.

The club is working with the BLM to adopt the site and to continue to monitor it. The group is asking the community to respect its efforts and stop trashing the site.

The club also thanks the BLM and Tires-Plus in Carson City for helping with the removal of the old tires from the desert and helping keep this site clean.