The U.S. Forest Service is asking for the public’s help in keeping national forests clean this summer.
Forest Service Rangers said littering and dumping of garbage on national forest land is a real problem, with items ranging from the most basic household trash to things like washing machines, couches, tires, and even boats.
Rangers said it is a huge issue and they want the public to know the Forest Service needs their help in deterring future littering and also to assist in cleaning up existing dump sites.
According to the Forest Service, several groups and civic organizations have already answered the call for help and are holding clean-up days.
The Forest Service pointed out that dumping on national forest land is a federal offense and if caught by law enforcement, offenders will receive a ticket with fines up to $5,000 and the possibility of six months in jail.
For more information on how to get involved with clean-up efforts on the national forest, contact the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests office at 770-297-3000.