Forest rangers cleaning up after messy campers |

Forest rangers cleaning up after messy campers

Vail, Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Forest rangers are having to double as trash haulers in western Colorado, thanks to people who’ve left behind garbage, tarps, cooking utensils, propane bottles – even toilet seats.

The U.S. Forest Service says backcountry rangers spent three days recently removing trash from remote areas of the White River and Routt National forests. Eight mules and horses were used to pack out the remnants of two hunting camps.

But rangers say there’s more where that came from. There are several camp sites south of Craig with trash and abandoned property.

Rangers also tore down a partial log cabin.

The Forest Service says building any kind of structures and leaving personal property on national forest land are violations of federal regulations.

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