Like other communities on the Navajo Nation, there is only one paved road running through the White Mesa community. All other roads are dirt. Maintenance of the dirt roads is rare and is done by pulling a grader with a pickup truck, but it makes the roads deteriorate faster. When it rained, water would run into the roads, forming giant puddles, and people would have to drive through the mud puddles.
In 2018 Patrick Scott purchased a John Deere skid-steer to maintenance the roads. He used the skid-steer to rebuild the dirt roads and block off the water run-offs so people could drive on a dry surface during the rainy seasons.
The project goal is to put gravel on the roads to prevent deterioration. The road improvement will benefit many relatives around the White Mesa community.
TRASH DUMP CLEAN-UP
In the 1940s and 1950s, illegal trash dumping started happening in the White Mesa community. Today, people still dump their trash in these trash dumps, and they are a sore sight to see when looking at the beautiful landscape in White Mesa.
In 2019, Patrick used his skid-steer to clean up one illegal trash dump near his home. Now, plants are growing back, and the landscape is coming back to life. This photo shows the trash dump site that Patrick cleaned up.
More of these illegal trash dump sites can be cleaned up with your donations and the land restored to its beauty.
White Mesa is a high desert landscape filled with plenty of wild foods. Unfortunately, overgrazing by domestic animals has diminished the food sources available over the years.
In 2020, we planted over 10 lbs of high desert grass seeds in the area for the first time. We have hope that the land will once again be lush with excellent soil through continued efforts in replanting.
Your donations will help plant grass and trees and replenish the soil to attract rain back into the White Mesa area.