What Goes Up Must Come Down

Helium balloons litter the Tonto National Forest

Have you ever found remnants of released helium-filled balloons while enjoying the Tonto National Forest?

Every year, Tonto National Forest employees find littered balloons while completing field work. The Payson Ranger District’s Wildlife, Range and Fuels programs started a friendly competition at the beginning of this year to see which program could remove the most helium-filled balloons off the Forest. So far, the Fuels Program is in the lead with a total of 91 balloons! Wildlife and Range are close behind with a total of 54 balloons.

The Tonto National Forest would like to remind the public that the release of helium-filled balloons can lead to unintentional littering of National Forest Lands. #leavenotrace

(1) comment

James Gray

I don’t know how many of these I’ve picked up over many years of hunting and hiking.

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