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Posted on: January 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Winter Recreation Cleanup Efforts Involve Many Resources

Coconino Sheriff Inmate Work Crew Helps with Snow Play Cleanup

Flagstaff, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Coconino National Forest wants citizens to be aware of the work being done by the Coconino Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crew and Forest Service personnel to help mitigate the unsightly broken sleds and other trash left behind on public lands during winter recreation.  Many residents and visitors have voiced their concerns about large amounts of trash that has been left behind during winter recreation.  Few agencies have enough resources to handle the trash issues alone and there are no trash services on public lands, which is why it is important for people recreating in the snow to clean up any trash or broken sleds before leaving the area.

As more and more people leave their trash behind, more and more help is needed to clean it up. The Coconino Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crew helping to pick up trash and take care of public lands is yet another example of the many ways inmates are giving back to the community in a positive way.  The Inmate Work Crew has worked closely with the Coconino National Forest on this and other projects such as flood mitigation and cleanup of transient camps in the area.  The Inmate Work Crew is regularly involved in picking up trash on public lands and has had work days in Williams, Tusayan, Tuba City, Timberline, and Picture Canyon, to name a few.  The Crew also regularly assists other organizations such as County Public Works with graffiti removal, social service organizations with wood cutting for people in need, and County Parks and Recreation with projects.

Please help keep Flagstaff and the surrounding communities beautiful, and take care of your public lands so everyone can enjoy them.  Pack out your trash after enjoying time playing in the snow in Northern Arizona.

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Media Contact: Rex Gilliland, Commander, Coconino County Sheriff's Office:  (928) 226-5025 or email media inquiries to

Media Contact: Brady Smith, Coconino National Forest, (928) 224-8306

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