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|Norm and the 500th "Dead Car" pulled out from the forest|
I've been moving junk off of federal land for some time now. BLM's Eugene District has always been a magnet for abandoned automobiles, motorhomes, pickup campers, boats, motorcycles, loads of tires and camp trailers. Abandoned vehicles serve as a focal point to drop off the household trash and pretty soon you have tons and tons of crap at the end of a logging road from "recreational dumping."
Norm's Fine Pre-Owned Automobiles has been a sideline for me for going on a decade now. I take on Forest Service heaps from outlying Ranger Districts as well. Some firsts: most junkers removed in a single year--90 in FY 04, heaviest junker removed--6,700 pounds (a motorhome), biggest boat--22 feet, oddest item found in abandoned heap--human ashes.
So far for removing my 500th pile of junk, I have received a can of Atta Boy dogfood which I proudly display on top of a cupboard on my Dilbert Cube. Lane County is in the process of hiring a full time trash cop. I hope to work closely with this individual on the abandoned vehicle end of the problem. I hope to implement some sort of amnesty day where I can arrange to meet people who have old junk cars with no titles and can write paper for them and the heaps can move directly to the steel yard without the intermediate step of dumping it in the woods.
Copyright © 2006 by Norm Maxwell
Norm Maxwell is the author of a novel in progress, Banjo Lane, a comic tragedy about meth users in Lane County. He is a regular contributor to West By Northwest.org. Norm Maxwell received the 2004 Best of West By Northwest award for his article, The Fire of South Canyon: Remembering Storm King. Tens of thousands of readers have "voted" with their mouse by their selection of this story. Visit Norm Maxwell's other pieces about land use, firefighting and life in the country and more at West By Northwest.org.
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