CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments says it recently spent almost $150,000 cleaning up litter from a small parcel of state land in the Bighorn Basin.
State lands officials say the land was used for decades as an illegal dump. Items discarded there included car and truck bodies, farm equipment, appliances and furniture.
The land also was used as an unauthorized motocross track by people driving motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
The cleanup process involved closing off the 240 acres near Burlington to all vehicles.
Ryan Lance with the state lands office says litter and vandalism are common on state lands. He says the damage makes it difficult to lease out state lands to raise money for public schools, the University of Wyoming and the State Veteran’s Home.