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Rise in vandalism seen in Big South Fork
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:40:00 AM »

From Independent Herald
June 2, 2020

BANDY CREEK — “Disheartening.”

That’s the word that Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Supt. Niki S. Nicholas uses to describe vandalism within the national park, which has increased substantially in recent months.

“The Big South Fork has sustained a great deal of vandalism over the last several months,” Nicholas said...

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Re: Rise in vandalism seen in Big South Fork
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2020, 01:07:23 PM »

Many years ago, my son and I were backpacking out of Bandy Creek heading to Charit Hostel.  About 4 miles into the hike I suddenly remembered that I had not locked my car which was parked at Bandy Creek. I told my son to stay put and I left my pack with him and started hiking back to the car.  I told him I would be gone about 2 hours.  After about 2 miles, I spotted a ranger driving down a forest road and asked if he would take me back to the parking lot, which he did.  He informed me that there had not been a single case of theft or vandalism in the 10 years he had been at Bandy.  He said people frequently left their campers and cars unlocked and there had never been a problem.  And that was the status in that area of the BSF for another 10 years or so until sadly the vandalism spread to that area back around 2005  It is still no where near as bad as the RRG, but it is no longer secure.
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