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Postill cleanup party


A group of off-road enthusiasts is cleaning up the 4x4 image – and Postill Lake Road.

The BCToyota4wd group is organizing a cleanup at the popular off-roading area near Kelowna that's often left strewn with garbage after bush parties.

Member Garrett Strong says there are more than 3,000 members across B.C. in the club.

“We chose Postill Lake Road to come clean up because over the months and years it has been a place that has become scattered with garbage. It's also a place that many members like to explore and off-road,” he explains. "We thought it would be best to start in an area that many of us spend our free time.”

Strong says after a recent discussion with a conservation officer, he discovered that if the area isn’t cleaned up, it could be shut down due to the continual littering.

This isn’t the first time he's tried to tidy up in the bush. Strong says he spent several days on his own time cleaning up garbage in the James Lake area above Black Mountain.

The group has also conducted several forest cleanups in the Lower Mainland.

"The majority of our members collect garbage out of their off-roading adventures, but are never recognized for it," he says.

The Postill Lake Road cleanup, near the firearms range, is the group's first organized effort in Kelowna.

"In the future, we would love to have more events like this,” says Strong. "There will most likely be more cleanup events organized in the fall, when it's cooler outside.”

The group encourages others to join them Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the main firearms range on Postill Lake Road. Members will be identifiable in their green or camouflage hoodies with the BC Toyota 4wd logo.

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