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Emily Smith (left) hands fellow Girl Scout Samantha Tuite another piece of trash for Tuite to dispose of. Smith and Tuite were two of several local Girl Scouts who spent their Saturday cleaning the Grizzly Island Trail. (Ian Thompson/Daily Republic)

Suisun City

Girl Scouts help keep Grizzly Island Trail Clean

By From page A3 | May 19, 2014

SUISUN CITY — The Grizzly Island Trail has been looking cleaner thanks to local Girl Scout and Daisy volunteers who are spending their Saturday mornings pushing through marsh-side brush to collect all the trash and detritus that is dropped by passing motorists on Highway 12 and blown in by the wind.

A group of about a dozen girls from three local Girl Scout troops and a Daisy troop have armed themselves with gloves, trash grabbers and trash bags since early March to track down, collect and dispose of garbage that seems to regenerate itself each time they show up.

“I like doing this because it helps the Earth and all the creatures in the ocean,” said 12-year-old Emily Smith who had just found the latest in a long line of styrofoam cups.

“We are doing this so we won’t get over-polluted,” added 12-year-old Samantha Tuite, who was about to take the cup and drop it into the plastic bucket she was carrying.

The girls are out on the trail that stretches between Grizzly Island Road and Marina Boulevard one Saturday a month. It takes them about two hours to scour the trail and collect all the garbage.

Solano Garbage helped out with two large banners that mark the two ends of the train while the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District provides the trash grabbers and buckets. Suisun City provides the bags and gloves and helps them get started each time.

The Girl Scouts have committed to keep cleaning the trail for about a year to help them get their environmental badge. But as more Girl Scouts need their badges, the Scouts’ commitment to keeping the trail clean may go longer.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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