Leash rules imposed
at valley trailheads
Express Staff Writer
"pooper scooper" rules will soon be imposed at Adams Gulch and
Lake Creek trailheads, north of Kethcum.
their waste have created an "unacceptable situation" at both
trailheads, prompting the Sawtooth National Forestís Ketchum Ranger
District and the Shoshone Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management to
Ranger District will enforce federal regulations that require pets to be
on leashes and require that waste be picked up within the first 200 feet
of a trailhead.
explaining the regulations will be posted. Additional markers will be
placed on trails 200 feet from the trailhead.
our hope that the dogs will disperse and do their business over a wider
area," Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson said. "Dog waste may
be left to deteriorate on the ground beyond the 200-foot trailhead
requirements will go into effect May 30 at Adams Gulch. The BLM will
implement the same regulations "in the near future" at Lake
plastic bags will also be provided from a dispenser installed at the
trailhead. Visitors will be asked to dispose of the bags and waste at
elaborated on the existing problem.
hard not to take a few steps without crossing over dog waste at the
trailhead," he said. "In the summer, the smell of dog waste is
undeniable as you enter the trailhead area.
had folks asking us to address this issue, and I believe we have come up
with a sensible solution that wonít preclude dog lovers from enjoying
the Adams Gulch trails."
program at Adams Gulch and Lake Creek trailheads is the same as one that
has been in effect for two years on the Blaine County Recreation Districtís
North Valley Trails. Nordic skiers using the trails are provided bags and
asked to dispose of them at home.
first step is to provide information regarding these new regulations to
people using these trailheads," Nelson said. "We hope that
visitors who bring dogs to these trailheads will understand the need for
and support the new regulations. If we are unsuccessful in obtaining the
publicís cooperation, it will be necessary to step up enforcement
could mean $100 fines, Nelson said.
25,000 people visit the Adams Gulch Trailhead each year, and the number of
dogs may not be far below that, Nelson said.
far, everyone we have spoken with regarding this program has been very
supportive," Nelson said. "Weíll try to educate individuals as
to the need for enforcement of these regulations, and Iím confident that
we will meet with success in our goal of providing a cleaner and better
could cost $1,500 to $2,000 annually, Nelson said.