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Forest Service seeks Bear Rock vandals

Staff report • May 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM

NORTON – U.S. Forest Service officials are looking for the person or persons responsible for spraying graffiti on a landmark overlooking the Little Stony Falls trailhead in Scott County.

Clinch District Ranger Michelle Davalos said “a significant amount” of new graffiti was found recently on Bear Rock near the trailhead. Bear Rock, one of the most visited overlooks in the Clinch Ranger District, provides scenic views of the Little Stony Gorge.

Davalos said cleaning off the graffiti poses a double problem — the normal difficulty of removing it from natural stone, and the types of caustic chemicals needed for removal cannot be used in a natural setting.

“It is unfortunate that our limited staff and dollars must be diverted from managing and maintaining our recreation sites to address the damage caused by those who choose to vandalize our forest and negatively impact the experience of forest visitors,” Davalos said.

Forest Service personnel in the past 12 months have also dealt with graffiti sprayed on the High Knob Observation Tower.

Davalos asks anyone with information on the Bear Rock vandalism or any other vandalism to Forest Service sites and facilities to call Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer David Ford at (276) 679-8370, extension 225, to report activities that are damaging public lands.

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