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Volunteers cleaning up debris at Mount Herman

Volunteers cleaning up debris at Mount Herman

MONUMENT, Colo. - Volunteers in Monument are restoring a popular mountain in need of some cleanup.

The group, Friends of Monument Preserve, has been organizing cleanup events at sites along Mount Herman Road. The U.S. Forest Preserve banned recreational shooting along Mount Herman Road from Monument to the Teller County line, last month. But years of practice shooting have left their mark.

The ground is full of debris. There is everything from clay pigeons, to bullets, to shell casings, to bottles, even old electronics.

"Whatever they could bring up here and shoot, they did," Joe Ennis said.

Ennis is a member of Friends of Monument Preserve. He said the cleanup task will take several hundred hours.

"If I was going to take a 10-by-10 section here, it would probably take me a good 45 minutes to an hour," he said. "It's not just picking it up, but also bagging it up, carrying it out."

The next cleanup event is taking place Sunday, Aug. 10. It is in honor of Devin Seifert, a 21-year-old man from Colorado Springs who was killed in a motorcycle accident July 5. His family said he loved the mountains and the outdoors, and they want to clean up Mount Herman in his honor.

Volunteers will meet at Dirty Woman Creek Park in Monument at 9 a.m. From there, shuttles will take volunteers to the cleanup sites. The event lasts until 1 p.m. and is followed by a barbecue.

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