Volunteers gather for Earth Day 2022 Great Lake Clean Up event

Volunteers from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Friends gather for Earth Day 2022

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves up on Earth Day, 2022 for a beach and street cleanup in Bayfield, gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This Earth Day project is aimed at keeping trash off our islands by picking it up before it gets in the lake.

 “Every piece of litter on our mainland shores will, if we don’t pick it up now, end up eventually in the lake and on our islands,” Executive Director Jeff Rennicke told the volunteers before the clean up. “Let’s stop the problem before it starts.”

Jeff Rennicke talks to the group
Jeff Rennicke talks to the group

The two dozen volunteers included National Park Service staff, Friends members and community volunteers. They gathered at the Washington Avenue beach within sight of the Apostle Islands and set off to do their part this Earth Day. We want to thank them for their work and thank the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and City of Bayfield for their support.

Photos by Bob Jauch and Jeff Rennicke