Friday, August 19, 2016

Park Service seeks info on vandalism at New River Gorge landmark

Rangers seek information on vandalism at Long Point.
The National Park Service (NPS) seeks information in its investigation of vandalism at an overlook on the Long Point Trail near Fayetteville in the New River Gorge National River.

Sometime on or before Sunday, August 14, 2016, one or more persons used green and orange spray paint to scrawl their initials and a heart on the rocky outcrop at the end of the popular 1.6-mile trail that provides an exceptional view of the New River Gorge Bridge.

The graffiti, which reads “AW ♥ TK,” measures nearly eight feet long and two feet tall, according to Jeff West, acting superintendent for the national river.

“Graffiti is illegal everywhere, but it’s particularly disheartening to see the lack of respect shown in this case,” West said.

“This is one of the most popular trails in the park. It offers outstanding views and hikers have to work to get out here. Some come for the exercise, others for the sense of place and feeling of inspiration gained in such beautiful surroundings, but no one hikes all this way to see vandalism or man-made marks on the landscape.

"Our community is rightly upset by this act of destruction and we appreciate the support shown in helping us find the person or people responsible.”

Vandalism in the national park is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to $5000. Restitution for graffiti cases frequently includes a sentence of community service as well, West said.

West asked that anyone with information regarding this case or other illegal activity at New River Gorge National River is asked to contact the National Park Service at 304-465-6516.

For information on hiking the Long Point Trail see: Hiking Trails: Long Point Trail

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