More than 300 pounds of trash picked up near Duffy Mountain

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Courtesy of DeLaine Brown

A group of volunteers works May 16 to clean a campsite on Duffy Mountain. A clean-up crew removed more than 300 pounds of garbage left in the area.

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Courtesy of DeLaine Brown

One of the kiosks at Sandwash Basin was destroyed during Memorial Day weekend. The Bureau of Land Management’s Gina Robison said the damage was probably caused by a vehicle.

When DeLaine Brown and her husband ventured onto trails on Duffy Mountain, they received a surprise.

Brown, the president of the Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders Club, said when they reached a campsite, they found it had been trashed.

Instead of letting the trash stay, the Trailriders and the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office did something about it.

On May 16, the two groups cleared trash, and a lot of it, on Duffy Mountain.

“When we were done, we weighed in 300 pounds of trash,” she said.

Brown said that amount was troubling.

“Our trails are always in jeopardy,” she said. “If we don’t take care of them, or if they are damaged, they could be closed.”

Cleaning trails is one of the Trailriders’ missions, Brown said.

“We encourage people to make sure that whatever they bring in, they take out,” she said. “None of us left the trash, but you know what? It still needs to be picked up.”

Duffy Mountain, which is located south of Craig, has several off-road trails.

Gina Robison, the BLM’s outdoor recreation planner, said the amount of garbage was disappointing.

“We had good portions of trash, and it took us close to eight hours (to clean it up),” she said. “We also went driving around the roads and picked up any trash we saw.”

Unfortunately, it wasn’t just Duffy Mountain that encountered problems in the last month, Robison said.

One of the kiosks at Sandwash Basin was destroyed.

“Over Memorial Day weekend, somebody went through the effort to tear out one of the sides,” Robison said. “They definitely had to use a vehicle.

“It’s disappointing. When you have incidents like that, it takes away money from

other projects.”

Robison encourages anyone who sees trash or destruction on the trails to call the BLM office at 826-5000.

Robison said the BLM is more than willing to clean up trash on the trails.

“If it’s reported to us, we’ll go out and clean it,” she said.

However, she also warned, “We manage 1.3 million acres of land, so it’s hard to hit all the spots.”

The Trailriders, who will ride again at 9 a.m. June 20 with a meet-up at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supplies, will continue to clean up trails when they can, Brown said.

“One of our purposes is to keep the trails open,” she said. “We want to help the BLM and the forest service whenever we can.”

Comments

colorado_22 4 years, 6 months ago

This is horrible, and a huge disgrace to the community. The ignorant people in this town completely destroy the beauty that this area has to offer, and eliminate future possibility for more events and recrational activities. The reason that these nice people had to clean up over 300 POUNDS of trash is because of a young, drug and alcohol addicted group of degenerates that frequently goes out to this area and parties and leaves all of their garbage.

I know this for a fact, wanna know why? Because this group of people consistently post hundreds of pictures on their Facebook accounts for all of the world to see! This group ranges from the ages of approximately 16-28 years old, and these are mostly kids that have gotten in trouble over and over again, and have no hope.

I am sick and tired of seeing picture after picture on Facebook of these people ruining our community. It is because of them that there is a huge drug problem in this town. It is their fault that our budgets have to be wasted cleaning up their mess of a life. I have had it, and it would be a wise idea for the Sherrif's department to monitor this area more heavily.

It is finally summer, and I would like to go camping and hiking with my friends without tripping over garbage, and seeing drug induced circus dropouts roaming our beautiful area. Come on law enforcement, please put these criminals in jail and make this a better town-that's what you're there for and those of us that respect you, and this community would appreciate it.

Go ahead, look on Facebook, the pictures are on there of these people destroying our town.

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Really 4 years, 6 months ago

Thank, Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders Club! What a great thing to do for our community.

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