March 10, 2001
Eagle Ridge is an area that I myself have only recently discovered. Its
scenic views of the lower mainland can be enjoyed with almost no other souls
around. But apparently other souls have been there, and not the cleanest of
souls. The rocky road that meanders up the mountainside has become over the
years a dumping ground for uncaring people.
Our concern is that the area will be closed to motorized access (which to
us as 4-wheelers is not acceptable) due to a small population of negligent
individuals 'trashing' the area and most likely do not enjoy this location
(our back yard).
Its blatant disregard for the land that I love to travel that led me to
organizing a trail cleanup for this area. I had attempted to do this last
fall, and had contacted various levels of government to enlist aid in
acquiring their help in what would prove to be a very large task. After
getting shuffled around in an endless loop of bureaucracy, I'd pretty much
given up hope. At one point later after that, another four wheeling
acquaintance and myself took a trip up there and filled the back of my truck
with garbage in only a short distance. It was the amount of trash that I
found that made me realize we would need more than just pickups, a dumpster
So several weeks ago, talk of Eagle Ridge on a local 4x4 mailing list
prompted me to once again speak up on the Mountains behalf.
With the help of Gerry Bolduc, we acquired a dumpster to be delivered and
the first step was under way!
The word went out, and on a bright sunny morning of the 10th of March, 2001
I made my way to Coquitlam Centre to meet what would be a large group of
fellow 'wheelers to aid in our efforts.
We left the mall shortly after 9:00 am, and began our cleanup. With people
walking the trail and the trucks driving by to pick up the garbage that was
evident alongside the trail and even far down the banks, we collected a
significant amount of trash, consisting of:
2 truck frames, several axles, tires, rims, a battery, cement, barrels, cabinets,
bricks, 2 x wrecked/stripped vehicles (ICBC notified),
filing cabinets, a washer, a microwave, a PC, mufflers, tailpipes, 40+
bags of garbage and 1000's of bottles and cans etc.
Snow hampered our efforts to complete the rest of the trail, but another
cleanup effort is planned again for the late summer/fall to reach the lake
and the lookout.
Only when you pile all the garbage together do you get a true sense of how much dumping has
been going on.
Removing the remains of what was probably a stolen vehicle.
Thanks to Gary Bolduc, we had a dumpster to collect the garbage.
Why would we do this? Community spirit and we 4-wheel up there frequently
along with the hikers and mountain bikers; we became increasingly annoyed
that this area (to us) was becoming a dumping ground of convenience and
along with that we, the 4-wheeling community, were becoming the target of
blame for the trash at Eagle Ridge. I'd like to point out that a large
portion of the trash appeared to be from people to lazy to dispose of it
properly. There were many bags of garbage on my initial trip that were
already full, but deposited in the wilderness instead of at a proper
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individual members
and clubs involved. Your help in this was greatly appreciated and it's
through combined efforts like these that we may yet be able to continue our
sport without fear of being closed out.