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Franklin Mountains State Park littered by visitors

According to the anti-littering campaign Don’t Mess with Texas millions of pieces of trash are thrown into nature each year. Some of that trash is tossed at the Franklin Mountains State Park.

“It’s the biggest urban park in the US, we should take care of it,” said El Paso Fire Department spokesman Carlos Briano.

When hiking along the Ron Coleman trail graffiti and litter can be found all along the rocks.

“Graffiti is bad it’s very bad. We don’t want this park to ever close like Hueco Tanks.

If this graffiti continues the state will have to do something,” said Frank Perry, a Combined Search and Rescue fireman.

According to State Park officials littering and graffiti were two reasons the Hueco Tanks park was closed to the general public. Hueco Tanks tourists must now make special reservations to visit the park and stay overnight.

“We had to take some initiative to protect the park,” said Robert Pichardo, a Hueco Tanks Park employee.

State Park employees asked that all visitors take plenty of water to remain hydrated, but that they also pick up after themselves. They also ask that you take any extra trash found, even if it was not yours.

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