LETTER: Help clean up on June 7
We all moved here, moved back here, or have stayed here in the Roaring Fork Valley because of the beauty of the land and all the recreational opportunities available to us. Well, I found the land surrounding Glenwood is not so pristine anymore.
While taking a quick break last fall to get some fresh air I went off the beaten path to a well worn down game trail just a short walk from Glenwood Springs. What I discovered was shocking and very upsetting. I found that our lands surrounding town are literally full of people camping out, and some campers are not respecting the land. There are old tents, sleeping bags, trash, human waste and semi-permanent structures being left behind. I was shocked at the mess and concerned for the homes on the edges of our town because of possible fire danger. I immediately contacted appropriate officials to express my concerns and explore solutions. I found the BLM and Forest Service are understaffed and don’t have the resources to address this issue.
Obviously people camp outside of town on BLM and National Forest properties close to town because of economic and social problems and easy access to town. There is not an easy remedy to resolving these issues. It just is. The bottom line is there’s a need to clean up the mess in our forests and surrounding areas of town and instill an incentive to get the people that are living in the mountains to “leave no trace.” Thank you to those of you that are camping out and cleaning up your mess! I urge those that are not Leaving No Trace Behind to start doing so, and I am reaching out to concerned citizens to help in the cleanup effort.
I am reaching out to concerned citizens to come out Saturday, June 7, to help clean up. Trucks, trash bags, work gloves, rubber gloves and dump fees are needed as well as able bodies to help clean up. Feed My Sheep does a spring cleanup annually and is tentatively planned for Saturday, June 7 (weather permitting). Contact Karen from Feed My Sheep for donations, and information (time and meeting place) at 928-8340. They have informed me that their clients do help with this cleanup.
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