Tread Lightly! Impact Report: The California 300 Desert Clean-up Powered by Clean-Dezert

Project: The California 300 Desert Clean-up Powered by Clean-Dezert
Location: Barstow, California

Description: On Saturday, October 8, 2022, nearly 400 volunteers gathered at the Stoddard Valley OHV Area just south of Barstow, CA to make an impact and clean up the desert ahead of the inaugural California 300 race. Over the course of 3.5 hours, the volunteers scoured the desert, collecting trash including tires, wrecked patio furniture, camper shells and more. By the time the work was done, and the day was heating up, nine 40-yard dumpsters were filled with 10.5 tons of trash.

Thank you to the partners who made this possible:

  • The California 300
  • Mad Media
  • Clean-Dezert
  • BLM Barstow
  • Gravel Kings
  • Camburg Racing
  • Weddle Industries
  • Total Chaos
  • BTF Fabrication
  • Hollander Motorsports
  • King Shocks
  • Deaver Springs
  • Evoke Offroad
  • Landau Pools
  • Trail Trust
  • Barstow Del Taco
  • Deluxe Window Tinting
  • Fabschool, Dirt Designs
  • RPG Offroad
  • BadlinesGoodTimes
  • John Alagna
  • Westin Automotive
  • Pretty Dirty Clothing

“We are extremely excited to team up with the California 300 team to put on a great event. We as desert racers have a responsibility to keep our public lands clean and open for future generations. With our event we were able to bring over 400 volunteers together to make a huge impact on these lands.”-Adam Filbin, Clean-Dezert

“Pulling over 10 tons of trash out of the desert right before The California 300 is our way of showing that off-roaders are responsible land users. We don’t even want to see our beautiful deserts trashed. We encourage even to organize your own cleanups locally and be a part of the solution. We had a great turn out this year and hope to grow it for years to come and have a positive impact on Barstow!”-Matt Martelli, California 300 CEO.

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