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Monica Dick

Sounds like a call to please reopen camping sites and national parks. Nature is such an important resource and solace for many during hard times. I hope we reopen to keep our planet clean, our sanity in tact, and campfires in proper manicured fire pits--not to mention relieve the stress of these park service workers. We have created a problem that does not need ro continue or worsen. These emergency guidelines arent stopping the people from going, only creating a dangerous and toxic problem. Please reopen .

Pat Wright

Here in Taos county, we've been seeing great numbers of dispersed campers and van lifers for two months. Their license plates are from a much wider variety of locations than is typical. For the most part they seem to be harmless but visitors from fully opened or never closed States mostly disregard our standards and directives. The local disdain for these visitors is palpable.

Augustin de la Sierra

I want these idiots who leave smoldering campfires and their trash jailed. Ten dollars says it is men who are doing this. Slobs.

Bryan Wehrli

I camped with friends in dispersed areas along the Trampas River (Camino Real District, Carson National Forest) last weekend. I did notice some garbage left behind. More concerning were three campfires. When I asked folks if they were aware of the fire ban, all replied "no." All three parties agreed to put their fires out, two of three did so. I know it should be a camper's responsibility to check on restrictions, but I would like a signs at the forest entrances stating the fire ban. Perhaps a greater PR effort would help.

Kathy Fish

Out here in La Ciengea, the Petroglyphs are accumulating more trash and traffic than ever before. One person's been living in the Petroglyphs parking lot for at least four weeks now in a pickup truck with a cover. Conveniently, there's a porta-potty there too, which makes it easy to set up shop long-term. I recognize that the newly homeless need a place to sleep, but trailhead parking lots aren't the solution. It's sad to see how people treat this beautiful land. It's also frustrating to see plastic bags of dog poop lying by the trail all the time now from out of towners and city dwellers - the fertilizer would be great for our plants, and it's hard to see the point of bagging dog poop when you're just going to leave the bag behind for all eternity.

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