Business Men Face Charges for Eagle Scout Project

Business Men Face Charges for Eagle Scout Project

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- An Eagle Scout project in the Uinta Mountains has two Salt Lake County businessmen in hot water with forestry officials.

The project was never officially sanctioned by the Forest Service or the Boy Scouts of America. And forest officials say it was too aggressive and could cost 35-thousand dollars to clean up.

The men each face a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized trail construction in the upper Weber River drainage in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. One of the men has also been charged with a misdemeanor count of providing false information to a Forest Service law enforcement officer.

When one of the men's sons needed an Eagle Scout project idea, his father suggested that he "clean up" an abandoned trail that runs about two miles from the family property to a small lake called Fish Lake.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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