Mangrove Cleanup

By: Tabitha Aragon

Have you ever been to the Florida Keys?

We have, plenty of times. It is very safe to say that we will keep returning because it still needs a lot of help to fuully recover.

In celebrating and honoring Jose Wejebe this weekend we went down to Little Torch Key were able to clear out 2100 lbs of trash and debris from the mangroves. On top of the trash dumped, we also piled up another 5000 lbs of trash on the road sides for pick up.

We used Machetes, grabbers, rakes, and other tools donated by the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation to pick up the trash and Lenore Baker’s truck to make the dump site run.

By removing the trash and debris from the mangroves we are allowing the environment to grow naturally and be the resource it needs to be for the faunas in the area. Removing toxic and imperishable debris such as shingles and fiberglass is vital to protect the wildlife and the ocean.lly recover.

In celebrating and honoring Jose Wejebe this weekend we went down to Little Torch Key were able to clear out 2100 lbs of trash and debris from the mangroves. On top of the trash dumped, we also piled up another 5000 lbs of trash on the road sides for pick up.

We used Machetes, grabbers, rakes, and other tools donated by the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation to pick up the trash and Lenore Baker’s truck to make the dump site run.

By removing the trash and debris from the mangroves we are allowing the environment to grow naturally and be the resource it needs to be for the faunas in the area. Removing toxic and imperishable debris such as shingles and fiberglass is vital to protect the wildlife and the ocean.   

Julissa Rivera