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Member of the Oak Creek Watershed Council learned trivia about local cleanup efforts, such as the fact the U.S. Forest Service has removed more than one-and-a-half tons of dog feces from pet waste stations along Oak Creek since last November.Oak Creek Watershed Council held a meeting at Sedona Public Library to celebrate all the accomplishments of 2014 and address ongoing issues along Oak Creek. The organization removed 3,736 pounds of trash, 2,041 of which was recycled.

Even casual listeners were given  much to consider at the council’s year-end meeting on Friday, Dec. 12, at Sedona Public Library.

The council, which operates to preserve the health of Oak Creek, did a great deal of good in 2014, according to Chairwoman Gail Clement in her opening address. Their efforts to involve the youth population was an ongoing theme.

“We’re bringing in younger people, appealing to the next generation,” she said.

Much of this successful youth outreach can be attributed to the Oak Creek Ambassadors, a program that has allowed four college-age students to work at Oak Creek recreation sites for the last two years, cleaning up refuse and educating visitors. In 2014, they created the “How Long Until It’s Gone” interactive model, which allows the Ambassadors to show visitors how slowly their discarded waste deteriorates.

To read the full story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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