Cleaning up for Illegal Campers

There is a story in the Sacramento Bee about a good man, John Abbe,  helping to clean up the Parkway from the ravages of illegal camping, which is heart-warming; but one always wonders why illegal camping is so persistently present, which the County is virtually unable to stop, that people have to be out there constantly (and dangerously) cleaning up after them.

An excerpt.

As he climbs down steep hills and over fallen tree limbs to the shoreline, John Abbe finds an abandoned homeless camp and trash dump along the American River Parkway. He uses a pair of metal grabbers and fills several large trash bags with garbage. He then carts it out to the nearest dumpster at the Howe Avenue river access. Abbe is one of the official stewards of the American River Parkway Foundation’s Adopt-the-Parkway program, and he helps to maintain a mile near Howe Avenue on the south side of the American River. He was recently honored by the foundation as their Volunteer of the Year for removing “thousands of pounds of unsightly and dangerous debris from the American River Parkway” over the past 30 years.

Retrieved June 18, 2015 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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