Local residents are joining forces on protecting and improving one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Southern Arizona.

Redington Pass, east of Tucson and the bridge between the Santa Catalina and Rinco mountains ranges, includes an abundance of ecological and historical attributes that have drawn people to the area for centuries.

Kirk Emerson, president of the board of the recently formed Friends of Redington Pass, is one of a growing number of volunteers offering time and talent on behalf of Redington Pass.

One of the major activities will be to clean areas that have been polluted or damaged by inconsiderate visitors.

"We have quite a few different uses that all should be able to enjoy and the purpose of our group is to make sure that everyone can do that," Emerson says.