Credit: U.S. Forest Service
A pickup bed full of trash and debris collected from a campsite on State Highway 14, one of four such loads cleared from the location due to volunteer efforts.
As of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A volunteer effort is being praised by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for cleaning up a littered site on national forest system lands off State Highway 14.
This spring, a Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (NPCNF) Law Enforcement Officer was notified by the Idaho County Sherriff’s office of litter and resource damage at a dispersed campsite along U.S. Highway 14. The officer investigated the incident and cited two individuals for violating length of stay limits, littering, and abandoning property.
Coordinating with the Forest Service, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game spearheaded an effort to organize volunteers and clean up materials ranging from old tires to worn–out mattresses. At the end of the day, the volunteer team removed a total of four pickup truck loads of litter from the site. Officers from Idaho County waded into the South Fork of the Clearwater River to retrieve what items they could, preventing litter from entering the river.
The NPCNF thanked those who volunteered their time to clean up this site, according to an agency release, as well as forest visitors who prioritize responsible use and enjoyment of public lands.
The agency reminds the public, on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the stay limit is 14 days at developed campgrounds and 18 days at dispersed campsites. It is illegal to reside on public lands. Remove trash at the end of the visit for proper disposal or recycling
Report resource damage or other unusual activity on forest lands to the local ranger station.