KERNVILLE, Calif. - The Forest Service said even thought many steps have been taken to prevent campers from littering near the Kern River, the problem is getting worse.
The Kern River Ranger District spends about $50,000 a year cleaning up after people along the wild and scenic river.
Campers not only leave all manner of trash behind, they have also been illegally cutting down trees, shrubs and ground cover, damaging its value for future generations.
The District is asking people to come together for a meeting on Jan. 23 to discuss how to address the problem and restore the river's beauty and safety for visitors.
The meeting will be at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at 11447 Kernville Road on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.