Okanagan Forest Task Force gets new technology to help clean up the wilderness

High-tech trash hunters

Cindy White

The Okanagan Forest Task Force is adding to the technology it uses to clean up the mess left by illegal dumpers and others in the wilderness.

It uses hidden cameras to catch people damaging and littering the woods, and now it has launched a new website.

“So the new website, you can actually report illegal dumping on it, and drop GPS coordinates as well as photos and videos of the dumpsite,” said Kane Blake, co-founder of the Okanagan Forest Task Force.

“I’m hoping in a month, when you go to the report illegal dumping page, there will actually be a Google map and you’ll see all these red pins. You can click on each pin and see what garbage is at that location, and everybody can do that,” he added.

It means off-road clubs will be able to check the website while they are out in the backcountry and find trash that needs to be taken away.

The Okanagan Forest Task Force has also been recognized by the BC Conservation Officer Service for its efforts to remove more than 360,000 pounds of garbage since its inception.

“The award is presented to a conservation officer, a civilian or an organization that have performed an important service to the Conservation Officer Service,” read Tobe Sprado, Okanagan Region Inspector for the BC COS.

“I know Kane and everybody that’s here today, you have made such a difference. The cleaner we keep it, the cleaner people keep it. So, thank you,” said Ken Owens, Kelowna Conservation Officer.

The announcement was made Sunday morning, as dozens of volunteers gathered up Beaver Lake Rd for a fall forest cleanup.

The new website was donated by Red Cherry Media, and along with mapping trash dumps, it will make it easier to donate in support of the Okanagan Forest Task Force.

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