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September 27, 2013
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Forest service addresses trash dump problem

On Thursday, U.S. Forest Services employees, including law enforcement personnel, removed considerable amounts of trash from two locations on the Tahoe National Forest east of Nevada City.

The agency’s effort has prompted officials to ask citizens to help keep National Forest lands free of human-caused debris.

“This trash removed … was left intentionally, and in one case certainly resulted from deliberate criminal activity,” said Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn. “We urge everyone to report inappropriate activity such as blatant trash dumping to authorities, but please do not confront those involved.”

Near the Town of Washington in a seasonal drainage that flows into the South Yuba River, Forest Service employees picked up 1,000 pounds of automotive parts, plywood, used oil containers and other rubbish, filling a stakeside truck, according to a news release issued Friday.

Even an appliance shell was among the abandoned items. Employees filled a second pickup with discarded tires and wheels.

In addition, law enforcement officers used a regional law enforcement helicopter to remove 400 pounds of debris, including about 6,000 feet of irrigation hose, fertilizer, propane bottles and camp supplies, from an abandoned marijuana garden on lands in the Omega Road area between Washington Ridge and the Town of Washington.

“A simple phone call to local authorities can make a big difference in helping stop violators.

Any information as to the activity and location along with a description of the participant(s) and license plate number(s) would be helpful,” the release states.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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The Union Updated Sep 27, 2013 11:36PM Published Sep 30, 2013 06:59PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.