Sawtooth National Recreation Area cleanup slated for next month


Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho continues to attract more visitors than the rangers can handle.

For the second year in a row, groups such as the Idaho Conservation League, National Forest Foundation and Sawtooth Society are looking for volunteers to perform a cleanup in the forest. The self-guided effort will take place between September 12 and 25.

“Part of what really started it all was having such huge COVID numbers last year and having so many visitors to the area,” said Dalton Warr, the stewardship coordinator for the Sawtooth Society.

Last year, volunteers picked up 300 pounds of trash and cleaned up 150 campsites.

Warr said cleanup crews will head to trailheads, lakes, visitor centers and other high-traffic areas.

“It would be places like the Alice-Toxaway loop, which is the very popular backpacking trip. We have many reports of human litter on this track usually every year,” he said.

Warr also encouraged volunteers to take photos of their efforts to raise awareness of the work needed to keep the forest clean.

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