RENO, NV (KOLO) - Volunteers spruced up Peavine Mountain Saturday morning. The Carson Ranger District on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest hosted the clean-up event to also educate the public about illegal dumping.
According to Recreation Officer Brian Hansen illegal dumping continues to be a serious problem on all districts of the Forest. Hansen said, “Individuals come out to recreate on national forest lands and they just fail to clean up after themselves once they’ve enjoyed public lands.”
Illegal dumping destroys the natural beauty and habitat of these lands, but volunteers like Ken Brackett make sure the areas are kept clean for everyone.
Brackett said, “I hope people start to be more mindful of what they are leaving behind and take it with you when you go out and go camping try to keep it cleaner than when you showed up.”
The clean-up efforts even had kids lending a helping hand. Sidney Opperman, 9, knows that trash can do more damage to the planet. Opperman said, “If people keep littering, the planet can turn into a trash planet, or the oceans will start like all their sea creatures will start dying.”
A Washoe County Deputy stopped by to see the volunteers’ efforts. He said, “Normally I am out here to at least advise the residents or anyone who is shooting in the area about shooting in congested areas, so seeing them out here cleaning up the garbage is a big deal.”
Volunteers hope people understand that keeping the lands clean is one step closer to a greener planet.
The Carson Ranger District hopes to host another Peavine Mountain clean-up event in the Fall.
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