Updated Mon, Sep 2, 2013 10:48 am
Volunteers are being sought to assist in the cleanup of an illegal dumpsite at the Wayne National Forest in Nelsonville.
Officials with the Wayne National Forest say help is needed to remove more than 400 scrap tires, construction materials and other household waste that has been dumped in the area.
The cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 7. The forest service says volunteers will be provided gloves, hardhats, garbage bags, shovels, rakes and water. Officials suggest volunteers wear appropriate clothing and footwear. People should also carry their own water container for refilling.
Dumping trash in a forest is illegal. Officials say dumpsites with scrap tires create an ideal environment for mosquitoes to breed. They say severe illnesses have been linked to disease-carrying mosquitoes that originated in piles of scrap tires.