Volunteer Group Cleans Up National Forest Lands off Highway 14

Release Date: May 7, 2018  

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests would like to thank a group of volunteers who recently helped clean up a littered site on National Forest System lands off Highway 14.

This spring, a Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Law Enforcement Officer was notified by the Idaho County Sherriff’s office of reports 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.

The task at hand was then to clean up the litter left behind on public lands. Multiple groups worked together to remove debris from the campsite. 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 pick–up truck loads of litter from the site. Officers from Idaho County waded into the frigid South Fork of the Clearwater River to retrieve what items they could, preventing litter from entering the river. In the end, the site was cleaned up and once again available for public use, thanks to responding officers and the hard work and willingness of several volunteers.

Next time you visit the forest, please keep these best practices in mind so everyone can continue to enjoy our public lands:

  • There are limits to how many nights in a row you can camp at the same National Forest campground. 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.
  • Remember to always “Leave No Trace” and “Pack It In, Pack It Out.” Leave your public lands looking better than you found them! Make sure to remove any trash at the end of your visit and dispose of it in appropriate receptacles. Remember to recycle whenever possible!
  • If you witness resource damage or see something on the forest that doesn’t seem right, please call your local ranger station to report what you saw. Contact information for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/about-forest/offices.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests thanks all of the individuals who volunteered their time to clean up this site, as well as our forest visitors who prioritize responsible use and enjoyment of public lands. For more information about responsible recreation, please visit https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/responsible-recreation.

 

One of the pick-up truck loads of litter removed from a dispersed campsite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abandoned property and litter at the dispersed campsite before volunteers stepped in to help.

The dispersed campsite is now clean and available for public use thanks to several volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Captions:

Top: One of the pick-up truck loads of litter removed from a dispersed campsite along U.S. Highway 14 during a recent volunteer clean–up effort. USFS photo.

Middle: Before volunteers arrived at the site, this dispersed campsite along U.S. Highway 14 contained abandoned property and litter. USFS photo.

Bottom: Following several hours of volunteer effort, this dispersed campsite along U.S. Highway 14 was once again available for public use. USFS photo.

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