The Wilderness Watch will be hoping to clean up items such as these Saturday

Wilderness Watch to host cleanup Saturday

Wilderness Watch need help to cleanup 24 site around Cowichan Lake area

The Wilderness Watch is hosting its annual cleanup this Saturday and is encouraging all members of the community to come and help out.

The volunteer work party for the Wilderness Cleanup will gather at Saywell Park on May 31 at 9 a.m. and then head out into the bush for three hours of cleaning and pickup at specific sites.

At noon, all members and volunteers will then meet back at Saywell Park with all the findings and garbage.

“This year we’ve teamed up with different agencies including the Cowichan Lake River Stewardship Society and TimberWest who are coming forward and helping us out,” said Wilderness Watch coordinator Denis Martell.

Food will be served at Saywell Park for everyone who comes forward to help with the cleanup.

“Gerald Thom and CLRSS will help us serve the food and TimberWest will be helping us with getting two large boats that need to be moved out of the bush,” said Martell.

The group will scurry around various parts of Skutz Falls, Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, Youbou and Mesachie Lake.

“I have 24 sites that need to be cleaned up so we’re asking the public to please come out and help us. Country Grocer has donated all the food to be served and the people there are incredible. That’s why we always push for people to shop locally. Anybody that wants to come out and help us is more than welcome.”

Martell confirmed that the sites to be cleaned up are full of “good old trash” as well as sofas and futons.

“Those things are heavy,” he said. “It’s a multi-person project just to get one of those things into a truck. We’re trying to make a real impact this year.”

Martell is keen to have anyone interested in volunteering for cleanup to contact him right away in order to attain numbers for the food servings.

Me can be contacted at 250-749-6182 or

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