Keeping Colorado Beautiful, a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs, dedicated to preserving and restoring the state's natural resources. The group spends nearly every weekend cleaning up trash and removing graffiti from natural rock formations that have been vandalized across the state of Colorado.
Co-Founders Matt Montgomery and Stephen Singer say that the organization was "born out of frustration" in the early summer of 2020 as vandalized and trashed natural areas became a frequent sighting during their outdoor adventures.
Organic and water-based solvents are used in their process of graffiti removal to prevent damaging fragile rock formations and their surrounding environments.
The Facebook group "Keeping Colorado Beautiful" was launched to share these sustainable techniques and several of the group's restoration projects and it seems to have struck a chord with many in Colorado.
"Our community showed their support with their hearts, hands, and wallets," Montgomery stated. "It's incredibly humbling."
Current projects include removing graffiti that has been consecutively tagged over the last eight years at Point Sublime in Colorado Springs, located off of Gold Camp Road.
"By removing graffiti and restoring natural formations our hope is to deter vandals from re-tagging the newly blank canvas," Montgomery added.
For more information, to volunteer, or donate to Keeping Colorado Beautiful, please visit KeepingColoradoBeautiful.Org.