Vandals deface most flat surfaces in Sitka National Historical Park with graffiti tags

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IMG_0814Sitka National Historical Park rangers remind visitors that graffiti not only detracts from the natural beauty of the park, but can also permanently damage irreplaceable resources.

In the past week, more than 25 park resources including the Indian River Pedestrian Bridge, directional signs, waysides, and buildings have been tagged with felt-tip markers and spray paint. Park maintenance crews have been working diligently on the removal of the graffiti.

While current weather conditions have temporarily delayed restoration efforts, all of the graffiti will be removed. Currently, the cost of damage to park resources is estimated at more than $1.000. Those caught tagging the park can face serious consequences, including arrest. 

IMG_0867National parks exist to preserve and protect our nation’s natural, cultural and historic heritage for both current and future generations. When someone defaces these landscapes it diminishes the resource itself and the experience park visitors are meant to enjoy.

Sitka National Historical Park is asking for the local community’s help to identify the perpetrators. Anyone with knowledge about these acts of vandalism is encouraged to contact Chief Ranger Neil Akana at 747-0127 or by email at neil_akana@nps.gov. Callers can remain anonymous.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about Sitka National Historical Park at  or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

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