Photos of garbage left behind at Detroit Lake spark outrage

Photo: Facebook/U.S. Forest Service - Willamette National Forest

Clean up after yourself so others can enjoy the beauty of Oregon's nature areas.

That was the message from the U.S. Forest Service Monday after photos showed piles of garbage littering the ground near Detroit Lake.

The Forest Service posted photos of the mess on Facebook along with a reminder to pick up after oneself.

"If you are out enjoying the forest, please dispose of your waste properly and be considerate of other visitors," the post read.

Within hours, people shared the photos far and wide and hundreds chimed in with angry comments.

Willamette National Forest spokeswoman Judy McHugh said trash dumps have become a common and troublesome occurrence in the area. McHugh said cases like the one at Detroit Lake often involve not just campers leaving trash behind but also people bringing garbage from home and dumping it.

Officials are investigating the incident and are sorting through the trash to look for information that could help track down whoever left it behind.

Similar photos from Shasta Lake in California caused widespread outrage in May. A University of Oregon fraternity responsible for the heaps of trash later apologized and pledged to help with cleanup.

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