TWRA has closed all access area roads on Mt. Roosevelt Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to illegal dumping. Hunters can still access the area by foot and TWRA will reopen roads for the spring turkey hunting season. The area was previously closed in 2016 for the same reason.
Approximately 10 tons of waste including tires, gas tanks, building materials and household waste has been dumped on the area over the past several years.
It has cost the agency over $120,000.00 to remove this waste. TWRA crews have cleared the majority. However, due to the type of trash illegally dumped, the agency has also used contractual services.
The WMA is under heavy surveillance and wildlife officers are investigating any leads. TWRA ask anyone with information regarding illegal dumping to call the TWRA Region III office at 931 484-9571.