Kamiah, Idaho (February 2, 2015) – Forest Service officials have discovered recreation site damage at Fish Creek, a popular site for cross country skiers and snowmobilers on the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests.
In the past month, both bathrooms at the Nordic Ski Trailhead and the Snowmobile Parking Trailhead have been vandalized. Costs are estimated at $1,500 to repair the extensive damage done to the bathrooms, which is funding that the district developed recreation program will not have to use at local campgrounds and trailheads. In a time of declining budgets, $1,500 has a big effect on what projects will get accomplished in the 2015 season.
Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert added, “Anytime you are out in the National Forest and see damaged developed recreation sites (signs, information boards, bathrooms, tables), natural resources or Forest Service property, please contact a Law Enforcement Officer to report it. You are helping your local recreation department and Ranger District to keep their funding. This also helps us save time improving the local recreational opportunities and facilities versus repairing damaged sites.”
There is a $250 reward being offered for any information that leads to a conviction. If you have any information on either of these two incidents, please call Jeremy Harris, Recreation Supervisor, at (208) 983-4047 or J.D. Boguslawski, Law Enforcement Officer, at (208) 660-7997.