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Destructive behavior on public lands is on the rise

Posted at 10:35 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 03:00:46-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With many Nevadans out of work due to the pandemic the amount visitors near Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston have been on the rise.

With that extra foot traffic to those areas, authorities report an increase of vandalism at both.

Red Rock Canyon's official Facebook page posted this statement:

Vandalism, destruction, illegal shooting, and plant and rock removal are on the rise. Our public lands will be permanently scarred if each person thinks "it's ok, I'm just one person" or "It's just one plant or "Just one rock won't hurt." With over 2 million residents in the Las Vegas valley, this adds up quickly. We are already seeing the irrecoverable damage from the "I am the exception to the rule" line of thinking at many sites around Las Vegas. If you see someone doing any of these things, don’t put yourself in danger by attempting to admonish or approach them, but report it as soon as possible to law enforcement.

The twitter pages for both Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston have been posting reminders of leave no trace behind.

💚 https://t.co/tNWlwN3Juk
Shrimp in the desert?
Soils is alive!https://t.co/pYSBRATgnA pic.twitter.com/diInEDS7jO

— Red Rock Canyon LV (@RedRockCynLV) April 24, 2020

Unnecessary strain on both the land and land management staff is created when visitors head out to remote places without being prepared and following trails and basic laws.
💚 Take a moment to know before you “go”: https://t.co/Xv83NA1Zoe pic.twitter.com/JYWdLl72TV

— Go Mt. Charleston (@GoMtCharleston) April 23, 2020