'ConserVANtion' on a mission from Colorado to clean up National Parks

Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 6:28 PM MST
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With the government shutdown there have been issues across the country with trash piling up at National Parks. A couple of people and a dog have been putting pedal to the metal in a 1983 VW Vanagon for the past year to battle back against the tremendous amounts of trash.

It has been tabbed "ConserVANtion." Co-founder Jordan McMahon started his most recent journey from Cañon City and visited Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks. All together he traveled about 500 miles. Along the way he scooped up trash left by others.

He and Mercedes Siegle-Gaither have pushed for conservation with ConserVantion for more than a year now.

"One would hope that if you're going to a National Park, you are going to appreciate its beauty and recreational opportunities," Mercedes Siegle-Gaither wrote in a post on ConserVANtion's website. "Thus to keep these places beautiful, we should pick up after ourselves, however it seems that is not always the case."

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