A group of geocachers from the Central Virginia Geocaching Association, took on the task of cleaning up Linear Park in Chester on Earth Day, April 22. Spearheaded by local resident and geocacher Sabrina Sklute, the group walked the trail and removed items including a television, a tire, a traffic cone, a real estate sign, and a plastic pipe in addition to numerous cans, bottles, plastic and paper. Fellow cachers, Lou and Mary Ruffin agreed saying “We are astounded at how people can make the effort to throw these items deep into the woods instead of putting them in the trash or hauling them to the dump. We all need to take responsibility to protect and keep our town clean.” In previous years, the group has done cleanups at the Dutch Gap boat landing, Pocahontas State Park, and a number of other locations in Chesterfield County.
The group wants to encourage everyone who takes a hike alone, with pets, with friends, or with kids, to take along a bag and pick up the trash you see along the way. It takes a village to keep Chester clean.