Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Many people have no respect for the valley

    I am a native of Idaho and have always enjoyed the outdoors. Everything from camping, hunting, fishing and anything else you can think of to do outside. The public especially in this valley have always professed to be caretakers of the environment.
    I am here to tell you this is not true. The people of this valley have no respect for the private landowner’s rights and no respect for the public lands. I have been a manager of several ranches all the way north to Ketchum and south to the Picabo Hills. I still manage several of them. I cannot believe the way the public treats the valley I call home.
    Some of the things that I deal with are trespassing on private property, even though there are fences and signs; they just cut the fences and tear down the signs. In Idaho, fences and signs mean stay out. Then there are the people that think that the canyons are their private landfill. Even when there are signs that say no dumping. I have found everything from personal garbage, furniture, trailers, cars, appliances and lawn debris. I could go on all day. But I won’t.
    Last spring, I caught a valley resident dumping his lawn debris on private property. I had him arrested for littering. It cost him $200 for the littering and $150 for the court costs. I was informed by the BLM and the Forest Service that if I catch someone throwing their trash not only on private property but also on public land that they would prosecute the person or persons. So do yourself a favor and take your trash, leaves and grass to the landfill. If I catch you, I will press charges.
    There is one more thing that I would like to mention. These are adults doing this, not kids. Show some respect for the beautiful valley that we live in. If you see someone breaking the law, get a photo and plate number if possible and call the law. I will be watching!
Kevin O’Shaunessy

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