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Ironwood Forest interns spend much of their day cleaning up after border crossers
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, The interns with the Bureau of Land Management, who are charged with cleaning up messes left in the desert, come across articles of clothing like shoes, pants, socks, and jackets.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Christina Perdos attempts to move the remnants of a mattress that was illegally dumped on state trust land within the Ironwood Forest National Monument.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Daniel Morgan, a Student Conservation Association intern with the Bureau of Land Management, cleans up a "lay-up site" where illegal immigrants usually wait for a vehicle. Left behind in this spot, which is about 10 miles west of Marana in the Ironwood Forest National Monument, were socks, a hat, several backpacks, plastic bags and a couple tuna cans.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Along with cleaning up trash left by illegal immigrants and people illegally dumping, Daniel Morgan combs through an area known for target shooting. People leave behind spent shell casings along with destroyed targets scattered throughout the desert.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Christina Perdos and Daniel Morgan. Student Conservation Association interns with the Bureau of Land Management, and Kristen Lenhardt, public affairs specialist for BLM, make their way through the desert with bags filled with garbage left behind by people traveling illegally into the country.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Dozens of backpacks that were left behind by people traveling into the country illegally litter the desert in the Ironwood Forest National Monument west of Marana.