Blog
Photography By: 
George W Soto Jr.

by Matt Konkle
Quadratec Channel Editor


Nine-year-old Zara Davis could have been doing a million other things on a wet and overcast weekend morning. Things like sleeping, watching cartoons, playing Legos, or video games – to name a few.

Instead, Davis and her father Lee Daugherty were two of almost 200 people who attended Saturday's Quadratec spring trail cleanup event at Anthracite Offroad Adventure Area in Coal Township, Pa.

Volunteers spent the chilly morning and early afternoon stuffing trash bags and hauling away all kinds of debris from wet cardboard to broken toilets and cracked televisions. And tires. Lots and lots of tires. All stuff illegally dumped over the past 50-plus years.

Davis and Daugherty were among the tire crew, who helped move and line up the heavy rubber objects so a constant stream of Jeeps could pull them away. It was hard work and Davis certainly didn’t shy away from doing her part, as she understood why it was important.

“If we weren’t out here, the trash would still be laying out here and the animals could all die,” Davis said.

Daugherty agreed.

“This is upsetting, seeing how bad this is,” he said. “Seeing all the tires like this, I’m really glad we could come and help out.”

Quadratec, along with Off Road Consulting and Anthracite Trail Riders, helped sponsor the event, which included lunch for all participants as well as an afternoon raffle with over $2,000 in parts and free park admission.

“Last year we had about 20 or so people come out, so this year’s turnout is fantastic and really appreciated,” said Craig Jaros, Quadratec’s Outside Events Coordinator. “The fact that so many people gave their time and came out today shows you how much people do care”

Coal Township commissioners donated the use of their loader and dump truck, while Disposable Management Services of Coal Township offered up two 30-yard dumpsters to help facilitate the trash cleanup. Garbage bags and gloves for all participants were provided by the ‘Keep PA Beautiful’ organization.

Off-Road Consulting founder Kyle Buchter, and AOAA Operations Director David Porzi helped organize the group shortly after 9 a.m. with a meeting that stressed safety above everything else, before dispersing volunteers to various areas on AOAA’s Eastern and Western sections. Full size Jeeps and their occupants tackled areas in the Western Reserve, while UTV/ATV vehicles and their riders worked the Eastern side.

"These folks were the most dedicated people we have ever seen and they weren't there to just win a winch, they were on a mission to give back to the trails that they enjoy and respect so much," Buchter said. "From the college kids who brought strength and rather crafty ways to collect the trash, including winching couches and utilizing sleds to haul rubbish from the side of our 60-ft pit, to the girls who were carrying tires two at a time and putting the guys to shame, the two areas we concentrated on were meant to take two or three clean ups and with the help of everyone on our team, we were able to get it done in one."

"Over 400 tires were pulled out from our area and folks formed long relay lines to roll the tires to the final tire collecting location, where they were then removed via the Jeep tire train."

Besides that mountain of tires, piles of trash were also collected from all over the trail area. Volunteers dragged bags and items to a central area where the front end loader scooped up and deposited into one of the donated dumpsters. Some of the more unique items were things like cracked toilets, a children’s wading pool, old exhaust parts, stereo systems, television sets, a Big Wheel, washing machine, and several couches.

"I can't thank the volunteers enough from the bottom of our hearts for the effort they put in Saturday to fill two 30-yard dumpsters and pull out over 400 tires," Porzi said. "This turnout was the biggest we've ever had for a cleanup, and the fact so many came out to help is absolutely overwhelming. It makes me proud to know so many people came out to take part ownership in the AOAA area with this cleanup."

"It was certainly a team effort."

While the trash would be hauled away, AOAA plans to utilize some of the tires for trail obstacles while sending the rest to recycling, Porzi said.

Porzi also said the combination of several cleanups over the last year has greatly improved the appearance of the county’s land and welcomed back new wildlife.

“Places that literally looked like dumps, the vegetation’s coming back,” he said in an interview with the News-Item. “We’re returning it to its natural state.”

Trail Clean-Up Video

Top Jeep Articles

Blog
FCA Sued Over Alleged Death Wobble Issues
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 13, 2019
New Jersey woman files suit in Michigan, claiming FCA misleading public about the seriousness of Jeep death wobble
Blog
What Are The Best Accessories For My Jeep Hardtop?
  • Scott Ammerman
  • June 13, 2019
Not everyone wears a soft top on their Jeep. Hardtops offer security and have a ton of great accessories available.
Blog
New Platform, Autonomous Driving Capability Rumored To Bolster Roomy New Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 12, 2019
FCAs latest offering will utilize a new platform and extend its wheelbase when it hits the market later next year.
IMAGE GALLERY
June 2019 - Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 10, 2019

Every year, the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival has a goal to be one of the biggest Jeep events in the country.

Blog
Fiat Chrysler, Renault Dance Towards Possible Merger
  • Matt Konkle
  • June 4, 2019
Companies appear headed towards a marriage that could fix problems each has in North American and European markets.
Blog
Maximus: My name is Gladiator
  • Matt Konkle
  • May 30, 2019
Hennessey Performance unleashes powerful, pricey Gladiator upon the masses.
IMAGE GALLERY
May 2019 Third Annual Jeepers Back The Blue - Dover, Delaware
  • Matt Konkle
  • May 23, 2019

More than 800 Jeeps of all sizes and shapes piled into the Dover (DE) Downs International Speedway parking lot Saturday, May 18 for the Third Annual Jeepers Back the Blue event.

Blog
'Passionate' Volunteers Pull Trash, Tires At AOAA Spring Trail Cleanup
  • Matt Konkle
  • May 22, 2019
Group helps restore environment to make trail system better for everyone during Quadratec-sponsored event.
Reference
What Are The Benefits Of Jeep Tubular Doors?
  • Matt Konkle
  • May 16, 2019
Removing your factory doors can be an important part of warmer weather months, and replacing with tubular doors may just provide you a better experience than just plain open air.