The portion of the Henry Hudson trail that runs through the Bayshore area of northern Monmouth County is looking decidedly cleaner, greener, and more picturesque these days because of a retired couple who live locally. Since mid- to late spring, Jim and Loma Gault (in their 60s or perhaps 70s) have been picking up and hauling out tons of litter and garbage – and not just from the paved path and manicured “shoulders” on either side. They’ve been bushwhacking beyond into the tick-infested reeds and boggy muck to retrieve bottles, cans, and other waste from the marshland and along the creek beds that are exposed when the tide goes out.
I am acquainted with the Gaults from the Monmouth County Park System where they also volunteer helping maintain other trails that walkers, runners, bikers, and equestrians enjoy. I believe the parks department is supporting the couple’s efforts along the Henry Hudson Trail in terms of disposing of the waste they amass.
Jim and Loma have inspired me to bring a “litter” bag and gloves whenever I walk my dog along a portion of the trail that the Gaults already cleaned up. to help maintain the level of cleanliness their hard work and significant donation of time have achieved. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve inspired some others, too. It’s certainly hard to miss them going about their work or to notice the results of their efforts.