February 17, 2012
Sean Brown of Tonto National Forest holds a boulder in place as volunteer Kurt Longfellow nudges forward with his Kubota bulldozer and secures it into the bucket. Many volunteers helped with the clean-up of Doll Baby Ranch Road, Saturday, Feb. 11. Clay pigeons, broken dishes, used shell casings and numerous other items were gathered by a hard-working crew.
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Empty shell casings, broken glass and clay pigeons trash forest
Along the paved road toward Doll Baby Ranch, the forest looks pristine — but just off the roadway the beauty disappears. The trash fouling the hillsides, swales and bushes includes empty shell casings, broken glass, shattered clay pigeons, shredded mattresses and pieces of circuit boards. On Saturday, Feb. 11, 20 volunteers joined with Forest Service personnel to clean up the mess left behind by shooters. “Law enforcement came to us and said that the shooting areas looked like a dump,” said Rachael Hohl, a ranger from the recreation department of the Payson Ranger Station.