Members of the family that owns land in Grove Creek Canyon are happy to share the greenery and the natural resource.
They just hate being used and abused by a public that they say dumps on them, rips up the hillside and literally takes potshots at them.They want some help in the form of police protection they don't feel they're getting.
In a letter to Pleasant Grove Mayor Ed Sanderson, Michael Joe Smith is pleading for the protection he feels is supposed to be guaranteed to residents of an organized community.
"The problems are well documented," said Smith. "But there are no consequences."
Smith said people are dumping items in the creek bed and in the pasture - items as large as washers and dryers, along with garbage and dead animals.
Four-wheelers and all-terrain vehicles run rampant across the fragile watershed areas. People come to practice shooting and endanger those hiking or riding through the canyon on horseback.
Smith said he frequently finds used syringes and empty beer bottles left from drug and drinking parties.
He believes Pleasant Grove police could make a huge difference in discouraging the kind of behavior that's driving him and his family crazy, but officers have told him it isn't their jurisdiction.
"I know of only one citation issued. I'm getting to the point where I think I need a sidearm, a cell phone and a video camera to stop some of this. If an officer would come up and make the turnaround once in a while, it would help immensely," Smith said.
Smith said he likes to hike and doesn't have a problem with allowing public access to others who want to do the same. He just wants those who ruin it for everybody to be controlled.
Pleasant Grove police have argued that the property is not in city boundaries. Smith says it is.
He has verified with Al Mickelsen, director of plans for Pleasant Grove, that a portion of the 100 acres his family owns is indeed inside city limits. However, Mickelsen said the situation is very confusing with a number of owners involved in segments of property in the area.
"The ownership is just all over," he said. "For instance, the water tank is in the city, but the surrounding area is not. The property by the debris basin is in."
Pleasant Grove Police Chief Mike Ferre said he is not aware of any call that his officers have not responded to.
"I don't want them taking the cars up into the dirt and such, but we do catch people as they come out of the canyon," Ferre said. If someone is caught on Forest Service land or in county jurisdiction, the Pleasant Grove officers will hold them until they can be turned over, he said.
"It would probably be good for us to get a map, but the bottom line is, we'll respond. We probably do more enforcement than most up there."