BEECH FORK LAKE, W. Va.-- Beech Fork Lake hosted its annual cleanup event last month and approximately 40 volunteers collected enough garbage to fill 258 enormous trash bags and 54 old tires from the lake and surrounding recreation area.

Natural Resources and Recreation Management students from Marshall University,
Wayne High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps members and Beech Fork Lake's long-term volunteer hosts were the biggest supporters of the cleanup effort, along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and maintenance staff.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Make It Shine program supplied trash bags, gloves, trash grabbers and garbage hauling services. Great Outdoors and the Beech Fork Lake Marina donated a pontoon boat and personal flotation devices.

Volunteers enjoyed a barbecue after the cleanup.

"We are always grateful for our dedicated volunteers whose cleanup efforts assist in improving the quality of Beech Fork for visitors, wildlife and vegetation through environmental enhancement," said Zack Abbott, a park ranger at Beech Fork Lake.

Beech Fork Lake is a 720-acre reservoir located near Lavalette in Wayne County, West Virginia. Developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the mid 1970's, Beech Fork Lake is popular among recreational boaters, anglers, hikers and campers. For more information about Beech Fork Lake, call 304.525.4831 or visit