Tread Lightly! Impact Report: Hocking Hills Jeep Run Trail Cleanup

Project: Hocking Hills Jeep Run Trail Cleanup
Project #37/50
State: Ohio

Description: This project was funded by the Quadratec 50 for 50 Initiative. Together with Tread Lightly!, Quadratec has committed to fund a project to improve off-road trails and public lands in each state over 24 months. 

On October 5, 2023, eight volunteers gathered ahead of the Hocking Hills Jeep Run event to give back to a local trail. In total, they removed 335 pounds of trash from a popular hiking trail, improving 6 miles of challenging terrain. The volunteers removed dog waste bags, diapers and litter from the trail.

Thank you to the following partners for their support:

“The Hocking Hills area is Ohio’s #1 tourist attraction and although it wasn’t motorsports related, today’s cleanup was in collaboration with the Hocking Hills Jeep Run and a great stepping stone for building a relationship with the ODNR. Thus giving Tread Lightly the opportunity to bridge the gap between the two organizations for possible collaboration on future projects. The participants in our cleanup were troopers! Together we hiked a strenuous 6-mile loop picking up trash along the way. While our garbage bags didn’t weigh much, we collected many plastic bottles, diapers, and doggie waste bags. Everyone made the best of a rather “poopy” situation.”- Keri Porter, Owner of Discover 4×4 Adventures

“Big thanks to Hocking Hills State Park for agreeing to host our 50 for 50 Ohio project during the Hocking Hills Jeep Run, and also to our other partners in the project. Keri Porter did an exceptional job managing the volunteers and making a big difference in a place where we don’t often work. We are looking forward to a return to Hocking Hills in the future!” – Scott Ammerman, Tread Lightly! Northeast Program Manager 

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