UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (News4Utah) – Rangers with the U.S. Forestry Service’s Uinta-Wasatch-Cache division are fed up with the mounds of trash being left behind at local campgrounds.
It’s everywhere, they say: in the hills above Bountiful, in American Fork Canyon, throughout the forests near Ogden. All along the Wasatch Front, people are being careless, they say.
“It really negatively impacts other users’ experience,” says Forestry Technician Matt Hales, who patrols the forest daily. Aside from his long list of other duties, he’s left to clean up after campers.
“Cans, bottles, pizza boxes,” says Hales. “Leaving broken glass, leaving broken bottles.”
Fines start at $150 if campers are caught dumping illegally, said U.S. Forestry Service officials.
Even though it explicitly says to not light fireworks in the hills above Bountiful, there were empty fireworks packages left behind, likely from Pioneer Day revelers. There was a fridge someone had dumped that was riddled with bullet holes from people who shoot in that area. Casings were also left behind. Graffiti creates a huge eyesore along the Old Ward Canyon Road.
Rangers tweeted a picture Thursday of all the junk they collected this week, reminding users of Utah’s beautiful forest escapes to “pack it in and pack it out.”