Illegal dumping a problem in Oneida County forests
Story By Lauren Stephenson
ONEIDA COUNTY - People enjoy coming to Oneida County because of its beautiful forests.
But a few people are ruining that experience by dumping trash in the forest.
The Oneida County Forestry Department had to close 3 miles of ATV trails.
Those trails were on private industrial property.
"The land owner recently rescinded their land use agreement with the county and one of the reasons they cited was the dumping of garbage that they're finding along the trail on their property," says Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan.
The county did add another 3 miles of trails.
But they're in a different part of the county.
The Forestry Department wants to make clear that the dumping was not from ATVers.
They find large, pick-up truck- size loads like TVs, refrigerators, and roofing shingles.
Dumping in the forest may save some people money, but it costs the county and the taxpayer more.
"We collect it so we have time, effort spent doing that when we could be doing other things more productive for the general public and we also have to take it to the dump and pay the same tipping fees which again go against our budget, and ultimately the taxpayers are paying for it," Bilogan adds.
The Department says it does catch a lot of people with surveillance cameras, and reports from people who see the dumping.
The county is working with the Sheriff's office and may increase the fine to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
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This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
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