Mark Eatherton: Help protect our public lands from illegal use. |

Mark Eatherton: Help protect our public lands from illegal use.

Mark Eatherton

Recently, a group of people decided to save some Forest Service campground fees and was setting up car/tarp camps, with no visible means of hygienic sanitation. This area (graveyard near Heeney) is not approved for camping. These people were using the trail below that parallels the river as their restroom. Fishermen commonly use this trail when plying the river, and have probably already spread the feces into the water from the bottom of their fishing boots. Yuck!

A Forest Service employee hauled four or five trash bags full of fecal matter and toilet paper off of the trail. These people don’t know any better. As far as they are concerned, this is what they did in their native countries, why should they change their habits here?

If you see people camping in obviously unsafe conditions, i.e., a non-approved campground without approved waste facilities, drop a coin on the Forest Service and they will send someone by to check them out before it turns into a human-powered environmental disaster.

Do your part. It’s our forests, and we are all charged with taking care of them. It’s our heritage.

Kudos to Jim Schumaker for bringing it to my attention.

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