Recognizing Earth Day: Volunteers help clean up the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

Item photo by Carol Snyder 
Earth Day
Item photo by Carol Snyder Earth Day

Community members spent the day helping keep the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area clean on Saturday, April 19.

The Earth Day Cleanup was hosted by Blue Mountain Wildlife Incorporated, the group that is responsible for the area which members use quite heavily. Others in the area also take advantage of the scenic area for hiking, walking, biking and other outdoor activities.

More than 60 people, some in large groups and some as small families, volunteered to pick up trash in the area. People of all ages put on the orange safety vest, grabbed some gloves and trash bags and began to clean up.

According to Blue Mountain Wildlife’s Facebook page, 96 bags of trash and four tires were removed from the area. A crew of people from Cabela’s also planted two tree and worked on the garden area to clean it up. The crew from Cabela’s also helped remove a few trees and logs that were along the road.


Beginning at 9 a.m., the cleanup was an all day event lasting until 4 p.m. This year’s Earth Day Cleanup was very successful and the volunteers helped to keep the area enjoyable for all and safer for the animals.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.