Side by Side is a natural offshoot of Common Thread, a long-standing Solutions project that unites off-roader vehicle users with hikers to protect the land and keep it free of littered recycling and trash during off-road events. Side by Side is an attempt to reclaim areas of Potato Salad Hill, located off of Sand Flats Road, that have been written off as “sacrifice zones.”
“We refuse to accept that type of language,” said Sara Melnicoff, founding member of the Solutions. “Native philosophy teaches us that ‘Every part of the earth is sacred,’ and that is one of the deepest-held principles of Solutions. Several volunteers worked together at a recent Earth Day event to rake out tracks and begin creating rock outlines on existing trails at Potato Salad Hill in an effort to protect the wildflowers and maintain the stunning natural beauty of the area. We decided it would be a worthy thing to continue and we’d welcome any help from the ATV, dirt bike, hiking, or jeep community. We hope to work side by side with them.”
Melnicoff said the goal of the group’s Recycling Front and Center project is to get recycle bins “prominently displayed, where possible, at every shop, restaurant, motel, office, governmental agency, and home.”
“We hope the businesses that currently recycle will advertise that fact by adding a line to any advertising they purchase. Many people want to patronize businesses that are working to lessen their negative impact on the world,” said David Morgan, of Solutions. “The easier it is for people to recycle, the better. Right now wasting is easier and people do it more. Unfortunately, that wasting is causing horrendous damage to the world’s people, animals, insects, and plants”, he added. Solutions will advise any business or home-owner about how to install and maintain a recycling system. The group is working on a sticker that promotes the project and can be displayed at participating locations. Once completed, they will offer these at no charge to the project’s participants.
The Solutions is also looking for volunteers for the group’s Wednesday Morning Recycle Club. The club meets at Canyonlands Community Recycling, 1000 Sand Flats Road, each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The club helps the center clean up wind-blown items around the yard, and helps sort recyclables for processing.
“It’s been a blast,” said Carol Hoggard, a community volunteer and one of the Solutions’ founders. “We love to help the process of recycling along, and the recycle center is the perfect place to lend a hand.” The club may start meeting earlier as temperatures heat up in Moab, Melnicoff said. For more information about the Solutions and the group’s projects, visit www.moab-solutions.org or call Solutions at 259-0910.