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YCSO, US Forest and State Land Agents Clean up Efforts results in Citations


Saturday, June 25, 2022, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office along with the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and State Land Trust agents visited the public lands between Sedona and Cottonwood, Ariz., to address the ongoing issue of abuse of Forest Service and State Trust Lands in this area.

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The operation resulted in Deputies issuing four citations for criminal littering, residential use of public lands, and preparations for an illegal campfire during the county-wide fire ban. Deputies also had an abandoned vehicle towed off State Trust Land. “The evidence of recent littering was disappointing, given community members from the Oak Creek Valley and Cornville Homeowners Association had recently conducted a clean-up operation in the area,” said Sheriff David Rhodes.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with partnering agencies to ensure the public lands in Yavapai County remain safe and beautiful for all users.



  1. Is there a transfer station or landfill near there? Are the fees outrageously high? This is usually done by trash haulers trying to avoid dump fees.

    • Not here. The mess is caused by folks living in their cars or in tents. BLM land is an unusual concept for some people who aren’t from the surrounding areas. It used to be used by tax-paying residents for day camping or dry camping. Also was used quite responsibly by Rubber-Trampers during the winter months. Now, transients, drug addicts and others with no respect and no interest in others often trash areas and start killer forest fires.
      It’s always easy and tempting to blame our locals and businesses but that’s not helpful in this case!

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