To the Editor: Hikers say help stop vandalism

My husband and I regularly hike Rademacher Trail on BLM land near Cerro Coso. Over the past couple of years, I have noticed an increase in vandalism of BLM property. Recently a large sign with a map on it was vandalized and nearly torn down at the Sky Point Trailhead. There are signs identifying native plants that have been knocked over numerous times. Plants are being torn to pieces along the hiking trails. Some creosote plants are over 100 years old, and all are struggling to survive in the current drought without this happening to them.

Last year it looked like some tool was used to totally destroy a trailhead sign. These are not items that have anything to do with off-roading or hunting, so I cannot imagine why anyone would want to do this other than just pure malice.

It would be helpful if people who use this area would save the local BLM office phone number into their cell phones and call if they see anyone preforming acts of vandalism on BLM land. Then perhaps BLM personnel could catch these lawbreakers.

Mary Kus

Story First Published: 2014-01-15