"The Keeper" began placing several signs on the trees imploring people to help keep the area trash free. He explained what he was doing and politely asked for their cooperation and listed specific ways they could help such as putting their trash in the several garbage bags he had secured to trees throughout the property, or putting any broken glass in the tin coffee cans near the bags.
Every year the oxbow looked better and "The Keeper" noticed more and more cooperation. With less trash to clean up he began improving the trails that meander along the oxbow through low blueberry and huckleberry bushes and the forest of predominately red and white pine trees and a few mixed deciduous trees. He built a few stone benches, some fire pits, and a stone dock out on the point.
"The Keeper's" message has been heeded like never before this year.. "It has been an amazing year. I am so impressed," he commented. "Everyone is picking up after themselves. Even cigarette butts are being placed in the garbage. I see many people from the older generation and parents with their children frequenting the oxbow now, and so many have thanked me for my work."
"The Keeper" is hopeful that this year has set a precedent that will continue for years to come.