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Illegal dumping mars forest
Problem continues to increase

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Illegal dumping at local cinder pits is increasing on  the Kaibab National Forest.

Photo/Kaibab National Forest Illegal dumping at local cinder pits is increasing on the Kaibab National Forest.

Dumping garbage in undesignated areas is an increasing problem on the Kaibab National Forest. Forest managers want to remind citizens that dumping garbage on National

Forest land is illegal and could result in fines.

There is currently a garbage problem in a cinder pit off Forest Road 124 about three miles

north of Williams and the Elephant Rocks Golf Course. People have dumped old tires, broken bottles, electronic equipment and other garbage. Many items in the pit have been shot at.

"While it is legal to target shoot in areas on the forest - away from roads, private property and developed recreation sites - it is illegal to leave behind spent casings, shooting targets and other garbage," said Tom Mutz, a lands and minerals specialist on the Kaibab National Forest. "We want people to enjoy the forest and understand the importance of keeping their National Forest clean."

Forest Service officials say it will cost taxpayers hundreds of dollars to clean the garbage from this cinder pit.

"Please dispose of garbage only in designated receptacles. With your help, we can keep our National Forest clean and safe for all visitors and save taxpayer money," Mutz said.

For more information, contact Punky Moore at (928) 635-5653.

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