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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Thursday April 15, 2021 - 6:20 AM

PORTLAND, Oregon - SOLVE is kicking off Earth Day celebrations with a new event called Oregon Spring Cleanup.

A series of cleanup events are planned across the state starting April 17. Anyone can sign up and register. The events also honour Earth Day.


SOLVE is an environmental non-profit organization working throughout the U.S. state of Oregon. The group is based in Portland

_History of SOLVE_

SOLVE was founded in 1969 by Oregon Governor Tom McCall with the goal of reducing and cleaning up litter and vandalism throughout Oregon. In 1976, SOLVE hired Blanche Schroeder, Portland Chamber of Commerce lobbyist, to act as Executive Director of SOLVE on a part-time basis.

The first statewide citizen volunteer Beach Cleanup in the nation was organized by SOLVE in 1984. Since then, annual beach cleanups have spread to every state in the U.S., all U.S. territories, and more than 100 countries around the world.

Jack McGowan became the director of the group in 1990 and continued as its leader until 2008. Over time, SOLVE has expanded its work to include education efforts, removal of invasive species, and planting of native species. In April 2008, Dianna Smiley took over as director after McGowan retired, and she was replaced in January 2010 by Melisa McDonald. The current Executive Director is Maureen Fisher. As of 2011, the organization had a $2.2 million budget.

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