Volunteers Spruce Up Creeks & Trails

Approximately 130 volunteers, including individuals, families and service groups, picked up 260 pounds of trash along 15 local creek and trail sites.  They also removed invasive non-native blackberry plants from Hinkle Creek near the Hinkle Creek Nature Center.   

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of the individuals and the groups, including four Girl Scout troops, the Golden State Bass Club, Kids with Purpose and the Natoma Rainbow Girls,” says Sarah Staley, an associate civil engineer who manages the City’s Stormwater program. “They even removed a shopping cart from Humbug Creek.” 

Another 50 volunteers planted 35 native oak trees along a 1,000-foot future trail corridor adjacent to Willow Hills Reservoir Park and Folsom High School.  The Folsom Kiwanis provided lunch for the volunteers. 

“The trees were part of the 30,000 trees campaign promoted by the Sacramento Tree Foundation,” says Jim Konopka, Folsom’s senior trails planner.  “Those trees will provide much needed shade along this future segment of the trail.” 

Konopka and Staley noted that this annual volunteer effort is an important component of the City’s effort to continually improve Folsom’s highly valued trails and creeks.  Contact Konopka at jkonopka@folsom.ca.us and Staley at sstayley@folsom.ca.us to learn more.