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Rows of fully stuffed garbage bags seem to follow Dylan Gilbert everywhere he goes. That's if you judge Gilbert purely on his GoFundMe page, which features photo after photo of him standing atop his Subaru Forrester in front of 10 to 20 trash bags perfectly aligned.
Gilbert founded Public Lands United Cleanup (PLUC) this year with the goal of picking up 1 million pounds of trash from "every trail, forest, monument, and National Park" he visits. The 22 year old hopes to pick up 1 million pounds of trash before he turns 30. Vision X has chosen to sponsor Gilbert's bid by donating lights. Puyallup, Washington-based Olympic Drive 4x4 helped mount the lights.
“After what was planned to be a one month long cleaning expedition I decided to dedicate my life to this movement," Gilbert said on PLUC's GoFundMe page. "I’m living out of my Forester Xt overland rig to conquer this task. All donations will be used for the following, food, gas, vehicle maintenance, trash bags, gloves, camp sites, air bnb, and laundromat costs."
“We were fortunate to meet Dylan early into his quest while he was searching for more light. Not figuratively; he was literally in the back country forest roads hunting for trash, when he realized his current lighting set-up just wasn’t cutting it,” Vision X wrote in a blog post. “Keep an eye out for PLUC and Dylan Gilbert across the U.S. Take the opportunity to meet him, and join him on a trash cleanup adventure. Without a doubt you will have a greater sense of appreciation for our public lands. Thank you Dylan; Vision X is proud to help you and PLUC make this world a brighter place.”
PLUC's 501(c)3 nonprofit status, according to Vision X, is pending approval. Follow Gilbert's journey on Instagram, @fozzimodo.