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Forest Service Cracks Down on Cabin Vandalism


June 25, 2007

Three cases of vandalism to US Forest Service cabins on Prince of Wales Island have been reported in the past 8 months. Two of these reports have resulted in a conviction and citations.

In October 2006, Staney Creek cabin was vandalized resulting in nearly two thousand dollars worth of damages. According to the Forest Service, the perpetrator pled guilty to criminal mischief, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and driving under the influence and was sentenced by the court in May 2007. Under the terms of the sentencing, he will serve 50 days in jail, pay $1,906.87 restitution to the Forest Service, and serve three years probation, during which he is prohibited from consuming alcohol and from using Forest Service cabins. Several other individuals present at the time of vandalism admitted to using the cabin without authorization and consuming alcohol. These individuals were issued citations.

A second cabin vandalism case at Control Lake cabin also resulted in citations. On March 16, 2007, six individuals were cited for failure to pay cabin use fee, failure to dispose of all garbage by removal from the site, and damaging government property at the Control Lake cabin.

In April 2007, the third occurrence of vandalism took place at Sarkar Lake cabin. The report did not provide enough information for the Forest Service to identify the vandals in this case.

"Forest Service law enforcement officers work hard to ensure public safety and resource protection on the Tongass National Forest," Jason Anderson, the Thorne Bay District Ranger, said Wednesday. "Their recent and thoughtful investigations have resulted in criminal charges being brought against vandals who have tried to destroy a piece of Tongass character. I am very thankful for these outstanding officers and their combined efforts."

To report vandalism or any other maintenance issues with Forest Service cabins on Prince of Wales Island, call the local ranger district office in Craig (826-3271) or Thorne Bay (828-3304). All reports from the public are extremely helpful to the Forest Service for law enforcement and recreation staff to ensure investigation can take place and that any issues are promptly addressed for the next cabin user.



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Forest Service - Tongass National Forest


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