December 1, 2004
Men Arrested for Dumping Dirt in a Forest
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Two men have been arrested for dumping dirt in a national forest. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said the men, who have not been publicly identified, were arrested at a garage in Coeur d'Alene where the dirt had been removed and the base apparently prepared for paving.
Deputy Robert Gomez said the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that it was illegal to dump anything, including dirt, on the federal land.
Gomez said he asked the two men about dumping dirt in the national forest "and they went off on a tirade about Mother Earth."
The deputy quoted the pair as saying they had taken "perfectly good dirt" from the garage area and dumped it under a big fir tree where they used rakes to spread the soil to make it look nice.
"They both said it was a good job having given back the dirt to Mother Earth," Gomez said.