New York, New York (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Josh Fink is a hiking enthusiast who enjoys exploring new trails whenever possible. Now he is issuing a statement to the press about the recent closing of Joshua Tree National Park in Los Angeles because of graffiti. After persistent “tagging” by graffiti artists, park authorities had to close the area to the public in order to protect the landscape. The hiking spots found at the park were popular among locals.
Rangers explain that they have uncovered 17 graffiti spots in Joshua Tree National Park, including on the famed rock formations and on historic Native American sites found at Rattlesnake Canyon. They have also closed off Barker Dam in hopes of deterring vandals who were carving their names into the cement there. The graffiti started as a small annoyance but has now escalated into a major problem. The officials believe that vandals are taking pictures of their work and placing it on social media sites such as Facebook, which is then inspiring copycats to come to these areas and leave their own tags.
Josh Fink comments on this stating, “It really is a shame that all hikers have to lose their privileges due to the reckless actions of a select few. The wilderness is one of our greatest gifts and deserves to be treated with respect. These graffiti artists may think that they’re engaging in harmless behavior, when in reality their actions negatively impact wildlife, landscapes, and those who enjoy hiking in these areas. Hopefully they will be brought to justice and this type of behavior will stop.”
Speaking about the damage, park ranger Pat Pilcher states, “I’ve worked at six national parks, and this is the most extensive I’ve seen in 20 years.”
Hikers are also speaking up to express their displeasure about the graffiti’s impact on the trails. Butch Wood comments on the issue noting, “You kind of feel like you’re alone. In ancient times. There’s nothing like this place. You don’t like to see the modern world intruding on history. It’s a shame.”
There is currently an investigation going on regarding these acts of graffiti. Pilcher explains that park law enforcement officials are hoping to find the individuals responsible. Those who are charged with the tagging could spend up to six months in jail, and would be forced to pay a $5,000 fine. Those who were found defacing the historic Native American site could face even harsher punishments for their actions. Soon, the park officials will close down 308 acres of the space as volunteers help to remove the graffiti from the rocks found in the park.
Josh Fink comments on this stating, “It’s important that individuals understand that graffiti is not a victimless crime and begin to treat the natural world with respect and compassion.”
Josh Fink is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys snowshoeing, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. As a younger man, he scaled some of the world’s most famed peaks, including Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest. He has managed to pass on his love of nature to his two children, and the three of them regularly embark on outdoor excursions together.