FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2009
DNR correctional camps workers help state clean up
DNR-supervised inmates removed 50 tons of illegally dumped trash from roadsides, forests in last two years
OLYMPIA – Inmates housed at correctional camps operated by the Department of Corrections and supervised by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) removed 100,687 pounds (about 50 tons) of illegally dumped litter from roadsides, forest roads and other areas between July 2007 and July 2009.
“The litter patrols help keep DNR correctional camp crews productively busy in the winter, spring and fall so we can have them trained and available in fire season as an important and cost-effective part of our wildfire response organization,” said Joe Shramek, Director, DNR Resource Protection Division, which supervises the department’s camps program.
Working in 10-member teams under the direction of trained DNR forest crew supervisors, the inmates put in a combined 52,289 hours over the past two years picking up litter, household and construction trash, old tires and other items dumped along state and local highways or along forest roads. They removed:
- 506.6 cubic yards of illegally dumped trash
- 528.7 cubic yards of litter
- 3,460 illegally dumped tires
- 1,188 illegal dump sites
Before fire season, the inmates are trained as wildland firefighters to supplement the more than 700 DNR employees and 375 seasonal workers working on fires on DNR-protected public and private lands. In addition to litter removal, the inmate crews in DNR camps also plant trees, clean up streams, maintain recreation sites and forest roads, and help other state and local agencies with labor projects.
DNR participates in four adult correctional camps and one for juveniles. DNR is reimbursed by the Washington Department of Ecology for the costs of crews and supervisors to remove litter. The reimbursement, which comes from the state’s Waste Reduction, Recycling and Model Litter Control Account, was $477,000 during the 2007-2009 biennium that ended June 30, 2009.
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