Clean Up Time

There is an organization and ethic for campers called Leave No Trace. It is being more and more embraced by the public land agencies. Our local ranger district is becoming very tough on pallet fires. The nails left from burnt out pallets are a public safety issue. Not to mention a source of frustration for your vehicle tires. Rarely do the nails stay in the fire pit.  The Leave No Trace ethic may be something that needs hugging by counties and municipalities. Litter is a bit of a sore spot with me. I just can’t get my mind around how and why people litter. Sure some of it fly’s out of the back of a pick up because of over sight. But it is the litter that is intentionally tossed. It is really visible now as the snow leaves before the grass grows. Even private land owners while empowered to do what ever with the private land rights should consider the blight and eyesore, and really is a reflection of their character when they dump on their property and don’t manage it in some way. The wind moves objects from one land owner to the next. I live in the county and can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across someone looking to dump city yard goods some where in my neck of the woods. While most of it is bio degradable it doesn’t give them the right to dump in a borrow pit. Where I live water moves and we’d like to keep it that way. A dam constructed along the road way with yard debris and then trash isn’t conducive to homes in the area having dry basements. As a company Camp Chef encourages folks to keep the outdoors clean. After all we give you a good reason to spend some time there, and just your being there impacts the resources. It was with that in mind that our contribution to the Utah Bowfishing Associations (UBA) annual clean up of our local Cutler Reservoir. Cutler is problematic because everything in and around Cache Valley flows to this body of water.  Then there are the carp. Way more carp than need to be in this body of water. They continually stir the mud and keep the light from the water vegetation that would help sustain more avian species and other fish as well as to help filter the water. It was a snowy, cold, damp day the end of March. Just the kind of day a duck hunter likes in November. Some of those in the association are duck hunters and it didn’t deter them. 15 boats and over 50 members of UBA, and the Utah Mudd Motor association showed up and worked for half a day filling the dumpster supplied by Pacific Corp who manages the area.

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