Natural Restorations is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization focused on removing trash, graffiti, and anything foreign to the environment from outdoor recreation and wilderness areas across the state. Since launching on Earth Day 2015, they have removed more than 198 tons of trash and several panels of graffiti spray painted on rock faces in natural areas. This year, they have removed more than 128 tons of trash and that number will continue to grow through December.
They host volunteer cleanup events across the state to provide hands-on service learning opportunities for youth and community members, and they also manage and support a Dedicated Restoration Team with contracted Military Veterans who conduct restorations beyond the reach of most volunteers. They have hosted 16 volunteer cleanup events and completed 9 Dedicated Restoration Team projects.
In 2017, they launched their first Dedicated Restoration Team and began working on an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area Restoration Project funded through a grant from the OHV-Fund administered by Arizona State Parks & Trails. Not only are they restoring the environment and providing education and volunteer opportunities for children and adults, they are also connecting Military Veterans with nature to offer moments of peace that are sometimes difficult to find.
Husband and wife team, Justin and Nicole Corey, founded Natural Restorations. They both grew up in outdoor oriented families and were taught to always leave the land better than they found it. They noticed a growing amount of trash and illegal dumping sites throughout outdoor recreation and wilderness areas and wondered where the disconnect was coming from to treat nature with such disrespect? They took their passion for nature and created a way to spread awareness, education, and action.
If you know of any outdoor recreation or wilderness areas in Arizona that struggle with scattered trash, illegal dumping, or graffiti on rock faces, please email them with information about the location and they will look into it. A recent cleanup on 09/30/17 along the Bell Trail and the “Crack” at Bell Trail southeast of Sedona took place because a follower on Facebook asked them if they would put together a cleanup for the area.
Check out the events they have coming up and keep an eye on their Events Calendar for regular updates:
11/24/17: 1st Annual Green Friday Cleanup along the Lower Salt River
01/20/18: North of US-60 from Gold Canyon to Superior Cleanup with Footprints Matter to Us
02/02/18: Santa Cruz River Cleanup in Tucson
02/17/18: Lower Salt River Land & Water Cleanup Event
04/02/18: Phon D Sutton Recreation Area Cleanup along the Salt River