................ADOPT A SHORELINE (AAS) ..................
AAS Founder, George Ferris
AAS'S Goal: To Start a educational program K-12. This program will teach children to be responsible in relation to littering without even thinking about it. When a child is instilled with something from the beginning It becomes second nature! As an individual it's difficult to achieve a difference, but joined with others the result can be significant.
HI everyone, On the left hand side of this page we have many pages to visit. From Picture pages to Project Pages. Thank you for visiting and we hope you will join our community like thousands of others. All you need to do is..." Take one moment to tell someone about us and make one movement to pickup one piece of trash each day. That is all it takes for "YOU" to make a difference. Thank You , George Ferris
..................DEDICATED TO A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT............... .......THROUGH EDUCATION, NOT BY FINES AND THREATS.........
..................OUR PHILOSOPHY WHEN ADOPTING AN AREA.................
We don't believe in fines. We don't believe in saying anything negative to people that we come upon littering. We believe that all public areas/parks must be provide with the correct facilities/barrels & bags placed according to Disney's study and AAS observation of practical provisions study. It is important to note that even if you think that someone or a group that is found littering does not deserve respect you must, on all accounts, show them respect. This is imperative to changing the outcome of those who would continue to litter. When we first adopt an area I go and clean up all the trash so that the place is spotless. At this point the facilities ( trash barrels& bags) have not been installed and if I come upon someone (a group that has litter on the ground) the first thing I do is ask them " Hi are you guys having a great time?" As I continue a "positive" conversation I am picking up the trash, placing in a bag that I always carry, and doing everything I can to make them feel that the trash on the ground does not belong to them for it is a possibility that it does not. Even if it does it makes no difference - be positive and smile. Again, this is imperative to changing the outcome of those who would continue their outlook/perspective on littering. " Where are you guys from, it a great day etc. Anything positive. Most of the time some will say , "We were going to pick up before we left or something to that effect. I just smile and continue until all the trash is picked up. If something has been said I say "well if you would like to help out I will leave you a bag and I'll and I take care of emptying it. I tie one to a tree. Upon leaving It is imperative to say "great meeting you and I look forward to seeing you again, have a great time." NOTE: This last statement implies to them you will be back! When I return the next day there is never anything on the grown. This is an educational approach that has proven successful for us for the last 13 years. By respecting everyone that we come across littering and by not alienating them we gain respect and these people gain respect for themselves. Even after the facilities have been installed this approach does not take a week or a month to work. It may take many months but the results are the end to the means. Come visit any of our adopted areas you can see for your self that it works. Our adopted areas are clean of litter. At this time AAS only has two adopted ...Castleberry Bridge & Lumpkin County Park. We are no longer at the other areas shown on our web site.
How about educating our children about the value of keeping our home, Mother Earth, clean. There is not one educational system in the US or 90 % of the other countries that implement teaching children about the value of not littering. Everyone just keeps complaining and the big issue now is " we need to get rid of the plastic". Yes, plastic is a hazard to our environment and animals that mistake some for food and Ingest them eventually killing them but the route of the problem is the human race. The majority do not care because they were not brought up learning about the benefits of not littering. Their parents that littered glass and cans that sinks to the bottom of lakes , oceans and sink into the ground mostly are still there but out of sight and out of mind. Since the majority of plastic float, it's not out of site and ergo not out of mind. It time to stop complaining about littering and do something about it. It is time for action. It's time we implemented a program in our educational system to educate our children ...preschool - 12 grade. It would only take 12 years to change the outlook of the public and rid our self of the foolish act of littering that is destroying our home. Please join our movement... educate your kids about the importance of not littering and better yet write to your congressman about the importance of implementing into our educational system a program to teach the importance of not littering.
AAS has moved its efforts away fron Lake Lanier to the Etowah and Chestatee rivers. Visit our new page ...." ETOWAH RIVER"
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC ( ALL OF AAS'S ADOPTED AREAS ON "Lake Lanier" AS OF MARCH 29 2017) ..........After a decade of commitment to the cleanup of Lake Lanier , the removal of over 10 tons of trash, educating the public ( especially the children) about the importance of keeping our environment clean, supplying trash bags and trash barrels,building benches, building an erosion barrier at Bench Point and the removal of 1/2 acre of kudzu all at AAS'S expense. It is with great disappointment that I must announce, that because of the lack of support from the Army Corp of Engineers, AAS"S will no longer be participating in the continual cleanup of Lake Lanier . All content viewed on this web site/Facebook " ASSOCIATED WITH LAKE LANIER " is prior to March 29 2017. Sincerely ,George Ferris founder of AAS.
I quote from Walt Disney. " We can't expect citizens to respect our parks unless we first show an unwavering commitment to make our parks something worth respecting" AAS is doing its best to achieve your respect by making an unwavering commitment to make our adopted areas something worth respecting.
......THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING YOUR TIME TO VISIT!
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..............PLEASE TAKE..ONE MOMENT.. TO TELL SOMEONE ABOUT AAS AND ..ONE MOVEMENT.. TO PICK UP ONE PIECE OF TRASH !
THIS IS ALL " YOU " NEED TO DO TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
This statement was prior to March 29 2017 . we have left lake Lanier. Please visit our Etowah River Page,
My name is George Ferris and for many years I have been cleaning up several areas on Lake Lanier in Georgia. These areas I have adopted are all owned by the Army Corps Of Engineers and one is leased by Forsyth County. It took me years to clean up some of these areas carrying out about a ton of discarded garbage each year.
I started out by walking these areas for exercise and was amazed by the amount of bottles, cans, paper, diapers, fishing line, dock flotation's,you name it, on the shoreline and the adjacent land. It was such a eye sore on such a beautiful lake I had to do something about it..
I started making piles at certain locations along my walks. About a year went by and the Piles were getting so large I decided to remove them.
I located the Army Corps office and went down and signed up as a volunteer and explained what areas on the lake I was interested in adopting. I asked if they would pick up my bags if I carried them out to the gate restricting anyone from entering other than on foot or by boat.
I went to the store and bought a few boxes of 3ply 55gal heavy duty construction "BLACK" bags. ( If you see our large black bags tided to a tree,next to the shore line, you know I have been there making an effort to clean up. ( Over the Years I have removed approximately thirteen tons of trash as of December of 2015. Yes, you read that correctly " THIRTEEN TONS". I'm happy to report that over the years the amount of garbage that I carry out each year has diminished.) The very next day I carried out my first bag. Every day I would fill and carry out one bag to the pickup point. Also, that same day I would add anything that washed up on shore or someone left behind to the piles. (NOTE: you may find my bags full of garbage that have not been removed at areas that I can't get to when the water level is high. In the future hopefully Adopt A Shoreline will have a boat and will be able to retrieve these bags no mater what the water level is.
Some of these areas were frequently visited by fisherman. At first I said nothing even though they were leaving trash. As the years went by and my cleanup progressed I started hanging bags where the fisherman hung out. I never said anything except hello how are the fish biting today. I figured that If I got mad or told them what to do" pick up your garbage" I would be forcing them into something and they would either rebel or not come back. I didn't want them to leave I wanted them to become part of what I was doing.
After the first year I began to get to know most of them and they became a help to my effort.
Since I started 8 years ago everyone who frequently visits my adopted places have joined in. Everyone chips in and now they really appreciate coming to area to swim, fish and walk, free of litter.
Thanks for visiting!! Become part of our environmental community by picking up "one" piece of trash and telling "one" person about us. That's all it takes for "YOU" to make a difference! Wishing you, your family and friends a great year ! George Ferris
My logo below that I had made into metal signs will be mounted at my adopted locations if applicable.
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