April 19, 2012
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Rolla High School students assist in trash dump clean up
A group of 19 Rolla High School students and teacher Dwight Warnke assisted the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) by cleaning up public land at the Kitchen Branch and the Missouri Natural Area of Solomon Hollow in Phelps County on April 7, 2012.
People have used the area for target shooting practice and have left a large amount of trash behind. Ammo boxes, targets, brass, metal, shotgun shell hulls, empty boxes and food and drink containers littered the area. Volunteers have previously cleaned up this area three times including November 2005, April 2008 and April 2010. Even though the site has been cleaned several times, illegal dumping still continues.
The Rolla High School students cleaned up approximately 2,000 pounds of trash and one tire. A USFS law enforcement officer and a Missouri Department of Conservation agent were present for the project, which produced evidence materials with the names and addresses of two individuals. The USFS law enforcement officer plans to contact the two individuals.
Individuals who trash public land can be fined up to $500 per occurrence. While using public land, persons should remember to follow the rule “Pack it in, pack it out,” and not leave items behind.
The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District sponsored the clean up project through a grant, and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission organized the event. For more information on trash site clean up projects, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993 or email email@example.com.