Selkirk College students pose with some of the garbage they picked up along Slocan Lake in September as part of a project for the Recreation

Selkirk College students pose with some of the garbage they picked up along Slocan Lake in September as part of a project for the Recreation

Selkirk College students clean-up shoreline

Students in their second year of the Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program at Selkirk College canoed Slocan Lake this September

Students in their second year of the Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program at Selkirk College canoed Slocan Lake this September, picking up litter along its entire western shoreline.

During the annual field-trip, the class has done projects with BC Parks staff in Valhalla Provincial Park such as campground construction and trail work, and this year they participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up.

BC Parks staff provided the necessary tools, supplies and support for the project.

The majority of garbage found was just small pieces of litter left by campers, but a few larger items such as tires and roofing material were also removed from the shoreline. One of the students is sorting, weighing and categorizing the garbage as part of a study she is conducting.

Since the presence of garbage can be both unappealing and detrimental to the natural environment, it’s important to keep our shorelines garbage-free.

“All in all, the west shore of Slocan Lake was a pretty clean place to begin with but we left it looking even better,” reflected one of the instructors.