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Surge Of People Means Possible Surge In Litter, Damage To Parks

Ali Burcin Titizel

Monday's solar eclipse is drawing crowds to many public areas, including parks.  So Lane County officials are asking locals and visitors alike to “pack it in and pack it out”, so excess garbage and waste is kept to a minimum. 

“We don’t have the staffing to have dedicated cleanup crews, says Lane County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge.  

"So if cleanup is need, it will have to be our already limited park ranger staff and it’ll affect then what we’re able to accomplish in our other parks.  

"So any kind of large mess or need for large cleanup’s certainly going to affect all 70 of our parks.  

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Park visitors are encouraged to "pack it in, pack it out", as crowds gather for the eclipse.

"This will take resources away from those in order to create the cleanup needed.” 

Ashbridge says people should also park only in designated spots, and to respect marked restoration and habitat areas.  With so many crowds gathered in natural spaces, she says it’s also important people don’t feed or otherwise interact with animals.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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