Posted on Jul 02, 2019
Photo shows Mike Gillen of Kestrel Helicopters receiving a plaque from the Rotary Club of Parksville AM in appreciation of his volunteer efforts in support of the clean-up of Little Mountain in Parksville.

On May 4 - 5, 2019, the Rotary Club of Parksville AM joined with the residents of Little Mountain and other interested volunteers to take out the trash from this pristine wilderness area. Over the years, the base of Little Mountain has become a dumping ground, either because the dumpers didn’t want to pay for proper disposal of their garbage or because they thought it would be exciting to throw something large over a 100 foot cliff.

Working with Kestrel Helicopters, items were lifted out of this remote location at the mountain base and dropped in a receiving area where sorters prepared the garbage for transport and disposal. During two and a half hours of flying time, a total of seven tons was removed, including over a ton of tires, three and a half tons of metal and more than two tons of assorted garbage.

For a complete listing of all the volunteers and businesses who donated their time and resources to this clean-up, click here.

While this was a good start, it did not begin to return the area to its previous pristine state.  It is estimated that approximately 50% of the debris was removed and thus the job is not yet finished.  The Rotary Club of Parksville AM is already planning another clean-up effort in the coming year in order to get the job done.