National Monument Association

Help Keep Tule Canyon Clean

June 11th, 2015 by Eric Mart

SPRINGVILLE, California, June 11, 2015 – Everyone who visits the Tule River above Springville on the Western Divide Ranger District in the Sequoia National Forest is responsible for cleaning up after themselves when they visit. Remember the motto “Pack it in, Pack it out” applies to everyone. A local volunteer is working hard to help the public keep the place clean, but he and the Forest Service need your help.

Forest officials have seen an increase in the amount of trash left along the river and in Tule Canyon. A local volunteer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has tried to help by placing trash bins in turn-outs along the highway where the public can leave trash they are not willing to take home. “I appreciate this volunteer’s effort in cleaning up Tule Canyon,” stated Eric LaPrice, District Ranger. “Not only did he provide these trash bins for the public to use, he is helping us empty them and get the trash out of the canyon.”

Remember, possessing or storing any product in glass containers, including alcoholic beverages, is prohibited along the Tule River from Wishon Campground to its intersection with Highway 190 and from the Forest Service boundary along Highway 190 to Moorehouse Creek located just below Camp Nelson. We are hopeful that by prohibiting items in glass containers along the Tule River it will substantially reduce the amount of broken glass found there.

As we prepare for what will likely be a busy fire season, Forest officials remind visitors that fireworks, even “safe and sane” are not allowed in Giant Sequoia National Monument and the Sequoia National Forest. “It is especially important this year that Forest visitors don’t bring fireworks into the Forest,” stated LaPrice. “The shrubs and grasses are very dry and ready to burst into flames; all it might take is one small spark.”

To find out where to camp and where campfires are allowed, please visit one of our Forest Service offices or look us up on the website www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia With a hot and dry summer already underway, fire officials urge the public to Please Be Fire Safe when visiting our forests and public lands. Wildfires can be damaging. The personal liability can be enormous for the cost of suppression and damages caused by any wildfire that starts by negligence. It’s a clear choice … Be Fire Wise!!!

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