DENVER (AP) – A man who dumped about 8,500 pounds of trash in the Uncompahgre National Forest north of Telluride has been sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by a year of probation.

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that 41-year-old Benjamin Yoho was convicted earlier in the week of living on, maintaining a structure on and leaving debris on forest system land. Prosecutors say he littered a large area near the Jud Wiebe Trail between October and April.

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Nearly 50 volunteers helped the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control gather the debris to be removed by helicopter.

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U.S. Attorney John Walsh says, “This was no ordinary case of littering in the National Forest – this was full-scale trashing of the public lands.”

Yoho is expected to receive mental health treatment in prison.

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