Funds needed to combat petroglyph vandalsim

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association is accepting donations following destruction of petroglyph panels at a major rock art site north of Bishop. This site is one of the most significant rock art sites in the region and is still used by the local Paiutes for ceremonies.

Donations can be mailed to the association at 190 E. Yaney St., Bishop, CA 93514. Those interested in donating also can call the association at (760) 873-2411 during normal business hours.

Donors should specify whether they want the money to be used for the petroglyph vandalism reward fund, interpretive opportunities (to show how the damage has affected the overall panel), adopt a camera for continued site monitoring/surveillance or archeological site stewardship training and volunteer opportunities.

BLM’s Bishop Field Office and the Bishop Tribe are offering $2,000 in reward money, $1,000 each, for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the individuals responsible for damaging petroglyph panels at a major rock art site on the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop. The perpetrators removed or damaged rock art at five locations within the site.

Anyone with information is asked to call Melody Stehwien at 760-937-0301, or Eric Keefer at 760-937-0657.

Story First Published: 2012-12-05