By Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A scenic natural hot springs in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains is now closed to overnight camping because of ongoing problems with human waste, trash and other damage.

The Oregonian ( ) reports the U.S. Forest Service has been tracking the problems at Umpqua Hot Springs for a year. Diamond Lake District Ranger Jimmy Tyree told the newspaper that campers have been tossing trash on the ground, cutting down trees and leaving behind incredible amounts of human waste.

The hot springs will remain open for use from sunrise to sunset, but overnight camping is banned for now. Tyree says the goal is to get the site cleaned up and allow the land to recover.

Trash and waste is a frequent problem at hot springs in the West. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management considered closing Skinny Dipper Hot Springs in Idaho last year partly because of the mess. That decision was later put on hold, however.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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