National forest battling tire dumping

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest are pushing to stop illegal dumping of tires in the southeast Missouri forest, and to clean up the mess left from previous years.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported that more than 2,200 tires were collected in the Poplar Bluff and Eleven Point/Doniphan districts during a three-week cleanup campaign.

Wildlife biologist Angie Trombley said illegal tire dumping has been going on for decades, and experts say the problem seems to be getting worse. Collected tires will eventually become fuel for the campus power plant at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

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