Friends volunteers Jaime Dickerson and Bert Slade are still on a mission. What began as a small effort a couple of years ago to pick up trash as they hiked the trails at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge has turned into a full-blown operation to clean up the nearly 2,000 tires and other trash that have been dumped along the Canyon Ridge Trail area over the past few decades.
In late May, Jaime, Bert, and another friend trekked to the area once again and loaded 319 tires onto a trailer to be hauled away by Nature Center staff for eventual disposal. To date, 1,266 tires have been removed — a total of six trailers full.
“We have really made an impact but estimate there are still 500 to 700 tires left,” says Jaime. “We will get them.”
In addition to the tires, the trio were also able to remove an abandoned fiberglass boat from the hillside.