Illegal dumping near Mountain Home threatens recreation on endowment lands

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MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (KIFI) – Two trailers and two pickup beds were filled with trash after the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) cleared an endowment lot near Mountain Home, a popular site for trucks , recreational vehicles and target shooting.

People illegally dumped refrigerators, couches, mattresses, end tables and vacuum cleaners and other trash on land used to support public education in Idaho rather than using the Transfer Station. Mountain Home garbage.

This has been a problem for the past few years, but the amount of illegal dumping has continued to increase. Another growing problem is pickup trucks and UTVs that run off the road and create unauthorized trails that cause erosion and other issues.

Due to the abuse of this terrain, IDL is considering restricting large vehicle access and target shooting. Closing the pitch is an action of last resort and something IDL hopes to avoid.

“To continue to keep this land open for recreation, IDL needs the public’s help,” said David Claiborne, president of the Idaho State ATV Association. “Those who love this land should help protect it by taking their trash home and staying on designated roads and trails.”

IDL encourages those who see someone dumping illegally to report it to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office. License plate numbers and photos are extremely helpful.

Groups interested in adopting this land for cleanup can contact the IDL Southwest office at 208-334-3488.

Beneficiaries of these endowment lands include Idaho Public Schools, along with pastures and other revenue-generating management activities. Recreational use is a secondary privilege permitted only if it does not cause damage or disrupt management activities.

Endowment trust lands are managed differently than other types of public lands. They were given to Idaho at the time of statehood to create a legal trust for the sole purpose of financially supporting specific beneficiaries, in this case public schools. The Idaho Constitution requires that endowment lands be managed in such a way as to maximize the incomes of the beneficiaries.

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