Environmental Resource Center
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K through 12
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Here in the Wood River Valley we love our dogs. Sadly, the waste our pets produce can have negative health and environmental impacts on humans, animals and our waterways. That’s why the ERC started the Pick Up for the Planet (PUP) Program. Do your part to create a healthier Valley by helping the ERC purchase trailhead bins and designing a cool plaque advertising your one year sponsorship>/p>
The ERC dog waste pick up effort was started in 2005 in collaboration with the US Forest Service, BCRD, BLM and other user groups. The effort to provide dog waste bins and pick up bags was in response to the environmental and health impacts associated with unattended pet waste that was piling up at trailheads across the valley.
In the past 8 years, the effort became less of a priority and as a consequence dog waste began to accumulate at trailheads again, bins were overflowing and our office was receiving complaints. In response to these issues, the ERC has been reinvigorating the clean-up effort through the PUP Program!
Did you know . . .
If your class chooses to participate in this WOW project the class will be sponsoring a PUP dog waste bin at one of the four trail heads listed below.
Your class will create a plaque to include with the dog waste disposal bin at the trailhead of your choice for an entire year.
In addition to creating a plaque, if your class chooses to sponsor a trailhead for the year the ERC will be able to purchase a dog waste bin, supply pick up bags for the trailhead, and a staff person to maintain the trailhead.
Several classes can sponsor a trailhead together to reach the funding minimum or a class can choose to provide supplemental funding on their own.