The Lowman Ranger District in particular has seen a dramatic increase in trash and human waste at dispersed camping sites along Idaho 21 and in the Deadwood Reservoir area, according to a news release from the Boise National Forest.
“District personnel have found excessive trash in fire pits, non-buried fecal material near the camps and toilet paper strewn about,” said Lowman District Ranger John Kidd. “Not only is this disgusting for future campers using the area, it also creates sanitation problems and potentially human/bear interactions.”
Here’s how you can help keep campsites clean:
• Paper can be burned in a fire pit, but cans, glass, aluminum foil and other non-burnable material must be packed out and taken to a proper garbage can.
• To dispose of human waste, dig a cat hole from 6 to 8 inches deep and 200 feet from water, a camp, or a trail. Cover and disguise the cat hole when you’re done. Bring a small garden trowel to help dig the hole.
• Pack out toilet paper and other hygiene products, do not bury them. Animals often dig items up and spread. Toilet paper is slow to decompose and often remains visible for months.