When you say prohibiting access altogether, Justthemaid, do you mean no one can go onto the land?
If so, there must be a better way. Why allow the few to ruin it for everyone?
It's so not right to bann everyone because a few blow it.
No,... I don't mean that at all. To clarify.. I think access to specific areas (especially historic ones) that are prone to vandalism should be limited or prohibited if the public refuses to respect them. I never said that access to the entire park should be closed. I agree.. that would be stupid.
Example: The park service "closed [the dam]from 130 feet upstream to 180 feet downstream of the dam to protect it from continued damage." .
The public can still hike the regular trails and they don't need access to the dam to enjoy a day in the desert, so I think it was a sensible closure while they decide what to do.
SoftKookay and Kat(if I recall her name correctly - she works at Nomads) are working with Bernadette to coordinate a Clean Up Day. The ranger we talked to at Indian Cove that day said the maintenance guys do such work when it is in campgrounds and similar, but it generally would not be their jobs to go that far out to do clean up.
Consider that the workers are already stretched as thin as the TP in the Hidden Valley campground potties. I think it is reasonable that this sort of clean up would be a Volunteers project.
Allied Climbers of San Diego has offered to help clean up the graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon. A volunteer day will be arranged once the area has been cleared by the park's Cultural Department. I'll be sure to post the details.
Some spray painted initials were also found in the Hobbit Hole.
Meanwhile, come plant some plants at Hall of Horrors on Saturday, March 30. American Alpine Club, Thresh Hold Climbing Gym, and Friends of Josh are making a day and evening out of it. Coffee, bagels, plants, rocks, pizza, and Matt Segal.