Park Rangers Cutting Down on Litter in the Smokies

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Drivers trucking trash had best tarp that load in the Smokies.

The section of U.S. 441 between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is National Park Service land and patrolled by rangers from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Park Service says it's concentrating litter enforcement along the Spur.

A state law requires any load likely to blow off must be covered with a tarp and tied down.

Park Service officials say about one dollar out of every five they spent on litter removal for the whole half-million-acre park was spent on the spur in the last fiscal year.

It's only nine miles long, but park officials estimate more than 12 million park visitors and local commuters use it each year.

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