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Bob Horne carefully crosses the highway in front of a pile of trash pulled out of a dumpsite near the Shoofly Ruins trailhead. Saturday’s forest cleanup day on Houston Mesa Road drew 32 volunteers.

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Payson residents rally to clean up forest area

Unlike the previous forest cleanup days that fizzled due to poor weather, Saturday’s cleanup off Houston Mesa Road drew 32 sunny volunteers. Members of Payson Packers, Payson Area Single Track Association and Payson Area Trails System pitched in along with concerned citizens to clean up along popular hiking and ATV areas. “We’re so excited at the turnout,” said Rachael Hohl and Chelsea Muise, rangers from the Payson Forest Service office, who organized the event. The rangers handed out gloves, water bottles and trash pickers before splitting the volunteers into two groups. One headed to the intersection of Houston Mesa Road and Highway 87, the other drove to the Shoofly Ruins trailhead. Barbara Clark and Lori Horn headed for the 87/Houston Mesa intersection.

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