Boxcar Canyon Draws Safety, Pollution Concerns
Clean up Two Years Ago Barely Made a Dent in the Garbage...
Two years ago ENN joined a number of volunteers and
elected officials, including then county council
member Kevin Wimsett, on
a visit to Boxcar. Trash was everywhere. A car body could be seen down a
steep slope nearby. A car muffler, shot full of holes, was pulled out of
the water. A used diaper lay in the bushes. Our group hauled out garbage sacks
garbage, but more remained. (For 2004 story and photos please
Campfire Site Used Many Times...
Photo taken July 31, 2006: On a grassy bench near the river's bank, far
below the railroad trestle, revelers have lit bonfires, and thrown bottles, cans
and other litter into the fires. While the natural setting is spectacular,
the sight of the trash leaves one to wonder how much those using the site
really appreciate it.
Fire at Boxcar Last Week...
Thursday, August 24, 2006. The unmistakable smell of charred wood rose
from the remains of the
small wildfire extinguished on Monday, August 21. A fresh trail, obviously made by the fire crew, led down to the site. The
responders had done their job well. The small fire, allegedly started by a
bottle rocket on fairly steep
terrain, now cold, had a fireline dug completely around it, down to bare
soil. A potentially disastrous fire had been averted.
Signs Don't Stop Trespassers...
July 31, 2006: Signs have never worked to keep people out of Boxcar
and they still don't work, especially
when the phone numbers are
incomplete. A public works director is listed, but Eatonville has no
public works director.
Another Example of Signs Not Working...
July 31, 2006.A sign posted to protect the Mashell River watershed from uncaring
visitors. This was one of only a few still remaining, of over forty posted just a couple of days earlier.
Rusty Shovel Head in River...
July 31, 2006: You never know what you will find
at Boxcar Canyon, in the water or out of the water. This shovel
head was photographed in late July. At the bottom of this page you
will see an old car muffler found two years ago.
Beer, Steep Canyons, the Trestle and Rivers, a Potentially Deadly Mix Combination...
July 31. 2006: River
rock is cluttered with unsightly, broken glass and beer bottles from past
parties. The hazardous nature of the rock cliffs and the high trestle,
combined with the high amount of beer-drinking at parties there, make for
very dangerous circumstances.
Lovely Site used as a Toilet...
31, 2006. A
used diaper adds to the potentially hazardous nature of the garbage at
Man Made Ruts Lead to Tranquil Pool...
July 31, 2006: Where no road exists, four-wheelers have made their own,
leading down to a gravel beach and a
wide pool, peaceful but possibly polluted, where the river exits
Is this Peaceful Pool Polluted?
August 24, 2006: This seemingly pristine pool on the Mashell River, just a couple of
bends upstream from Boxcar Canyon, is a feast for the eyes. But a
closer look reveals the leavings of a few recreationists who neglected to
"pack it out."
Polluted Pool? You be the Judge...
August 24, 2006: A small oil slick collects in a backwater of the Mashell
River, just upstream from Boxcar, and from the town's intake basins.
Greenery Hides Fire Site...
August 24, 2006. The dark area behind the foliage in the center of this photo
is where the small forest fire burned last week. Fortunately, it did not
"crown," which could have given it much greater momentum.
An attempt to Clean Up?
August 24, 2006: Someone has recently made an attempt to provide a collection
bin for discarded trash near the beach at Boxcar, and by the looks of
it, they have even picked up others' leavings. The gesture falls short,
however, since the trash remains at the site.
More Danger at Canyon...
August 24, 2006: Near the site of the wildfire, the river comes to a high rock
face, to which rock climbers have bolted a series of anchor rings for
practicing their hobby. There are approximately twenty-five of these rings
bolted into the rock face.
Bullet Riddled Old Muffler...
This car muffler was pulled from the Mashell River in March 2004 during a clean up of the Boxcar Canyon area. Note the bullet entry and exit holes. Shooting is also against the law at Boxcar Canyon.
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