The forests are our paycheck and playground for many in Clatsop County.

On Sunday, a countywide Timberlands Cleanup Event offers the chance to pay back Mother Nature. The cleanup effort will focus on forested lands owned by the Oregon Department of Forestry, Weyerhaeuser and Hampton and on county-owned Burma Road.

The Oregon Hunters Association, Saddle Mountain Archers and Clatsop County are organizing the event.

"We are doing this, number one, to clean up the woods and, two, to further good relationships with the timber companies that own the property and the Department of Forestry. They open their lands to hunters and to other people to enjoy for recreation," said Jim Bergeron, who is spearheading the event.

If you want to help, just show up at the Port of Astoria at 9 a.m. for assignments. Wear waterproof gloves and dress appropriately for the weather.

Sunset Refuse and Recycling is donating Dumpsters and the dumping fee for up to 20 tons of garbage. ODF, Weyerhaeuser and Hampton are each donating $250 to help cover costs. Clatsop County has allocated $500 for the event.

Collection sites will be set up at the Cannon Beach Junction of U.S. 101 and 26 and at Mill Creek on U.S. 30 near Tongue Point. The dumping sites will be manned and people will need to show proper identification to dispose at the sites. Volunteers who are not members of the hunters or archery groups will be provided the identification at the Port of Astoria at the start of the event.

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