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The Mud Dehydrated and Burnt hiking group runs twice a month.

MDB, a local hiking group, and others stop to take in a view of the Tarzan Falls Trail in Yona on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Since they started, some hikers have noticed litter accumulating on some trails.

During the group’s hike to Tarzan Falls on Sunday, MDB group member Sherry Frazer said some of the hiking sites she has been to are not as clean as they used to be.

“There’s not a lot of trash on (Tarzan Falls) but in others it’s a sad scene,” Frazer said. “The last hike I did individually was ‘1000 Steps’ in Mangilao about a month ago and at the very start of this trail it’s like a dump. Looks like people are just coming to dump their garbage and dead animals, you will see dead animals there. It’s really sad because it’s such a beautiful region.

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Sherry Frazer, an MDB hiker at Tarzan Falls in Yona on Sunday January 9, 2022.


Additionally, Frazer said she sees attempts to help keep the trails clean.

“Maybe some trails like Tarzan Falls where military go by and some locals are very aware of wanting a cleaner environment, will bring their own trash bags and clean up the trash,” Frazer said. “Some politicians and local businesses and societies have made efforts in this regard. Yes, some trails are much cleaner, but some areas of the island are in desperate need of help.”

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Hiker Bobbie Limtiaco is pictured under a waterfall by her niece, Arlene Acfalle, at Tarzan Falls in Yona on Sunday January 9, 2022.

Although it echoes Frazer’s overflow of trash at some hiking sites, MDB hiking guide leader and Boonie Stompers vice president Reed Topasna believe the situation has since improved since the pandemic.

“During the pandemic, there was so much garbage. People were finding a way out and when they come out they are not experienced hikers, they don’t know much, they get tired, they throw garbage anywhere, ”Topasna said. “As the MDB comes out, people get in shape, they love nature, they heal from it, and the next thing you know, they pick up the trash.”

He also gives credit to military personnel who go to the trails that encourage cleanup.

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Reed Topasna, MDB hiking guide, at Tarzan Falls in Yona on Sunday January 9, 2022.

“A lot of the hikers who come here like the military or other foreign groups, encourage the garbage collection which we, the Boonie Stompers and other groups that I have led, encourage the garbage collection,” Topasna said.

Over the years, Topasna has said that the overflow of trash on hiking trails is nothing new and will change from place to place.

However, he believes there should still be more community and government involvement in keeping all of the hiking trails clean for everyone on the island.

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Ryan San Nicolas and Sharon Hawley are leading an MDB hiking group at Tarzan Falls in Yona on Sunday January 9, 2022. See the article on the page. 3.

“Some places would have more waste. People would go off with hiking committees and pick up the trash, which stays cleaned for a while, it turns around, then there is another hiking spot full of trash, but we try our best to clean it up, ”said Topasna. “I agree there should be more programs when it comes to cleaning. We don’t want the beauty of our island to be spoiled.