Focus on CAMNation
In 2011, CAMN member Nita Sheth took on the challenge of enrolling CAMN in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Nita has a passion for protecting Mother Earth. Nita saw the litter along the roadways of Little Rock as an offense to our planet.
The initial steps involved bureaucracy, naturally, but Nita persevered, working with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Departments as well as West Pulaski County Area Maintenance, until CAMN was assigned a mile of Hwy 300 close to PMSP.
Signs were mounted on each end of our mile letting passers by know that the mile "belongs" to the Central Arkansas Master Naturalist. Apparently there wasn't room on the sign to make "naturalist" plural!
Nita then began to enlist work crews to begin regular patrols of our mile. As you can imagine, our first venture there was a hard one, since no litters crews had been there maybe ever!
We've learned a lot in the nearly 10 years that we've been keeping that stretch of road clean. We know that cleaning before the maintenance crews have mowed means wading through very high grass and needing to make a lot os noise to scare off the varmints. But we've also learned that cleaning after the maintenance crews have mowed means cleaning up thousands of water bottle and aluminum can chards instead of whole bottles and cans!
Nita led this project for nearly 10 years, during which she insured that the work was done at least 5 times a year. She was always there for the clean up, supplying bags and vests to the other workers and making the reports to the agencies.
Thanks to Nita for all of her hard work - and 9 years of service on this one project!
Now that Nita's husband Nayan, has retired, she has decided to pass the reins on, but we know that we'll see her out there with the litter patrol whenever she can be there!