Oct 4, 2012 8:43 PM by The Associated Press

Yosemite volunteers remove 5,000 lbs of litter

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Volunteers packed out 5,000 pounds of litter strewn around Yosemite National Park's cherished peaks, meadows and vistas last month as part of an annual cleanup effort.

More than 1,000 volunteers also gathered 15,000 pounds of concrete, asphalt, and other large trash.

Superintendent Don Neubacher says since the event began nine years ago, less litter has been accumulating each year. He attributes that to the park's efforts to teach visitors about outdoor ethics in the wilderness.

Rangers say much of the trash could not be removed from the highest crags if it weren't for climbers wearing protective gear who worked their way up steep cliffs to reach it.

This year, volunteers focused on cleaning trash and other items from the base of the Half Dome cables and alongside the dome where the cables are installed.

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