ROSEBURG, Ore.—More than 70 people gathered for a river cleanup and invasive species removal at Gaddis Park Monday morning.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day clean-up was hosted by AmeriCorps, Umpqua Watersheds and the Blue Zones Project Umpqua.
Volunteers spread out and cleaned both Gaddis and Stewart parks.
Organizers said the goal was to pick up any plastic in order to keep it from getting into the South Umpqua River.
They said volunteers also worked to remove invasive species, like blackberry bushes, to make room for the city to plant native species in the future.
“We just want to make sure none of this trash gets into the rivers and helps the community stay really clean,” said Haley Talley, a volunteer.
Organizers said they’ve hosted this clean up on MLK Day for the last few years.