Illegal Activities on the Rise on National Forest Land

Locally in the news, in nearby Norton, the United States Forest Service has announced they’re seeing an increase in illegal activities that is damaging national forest lands across southwest Virginia, prompting them to seek help from the public in reporting incidents. According to stats provided by the Forest Service, vandals have damaged on the the two signature boards located at the High Knob Tower in Wise County. These boards were installed to allow visitors an opportunity to leave their mark without defacing the tower. Sadly, because of the vandalism, some of the signatures have been lost.
For the Clinch Ranger District of Washington & Jefferson National Forests claim incidents of vandalism, littering, and illegal off-roading are increasing. This rise is being seen in Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Wise Counties in Virginia, as well as in Pike and Letcher Counties in Kentucky. At this time the Forest Service is requesting the public to please report any illegal activity they might witness by call Officer David Ford at 276-679-8370 extension 225. The penalty for damaging public resources could result in monetary fines of up to $5,000 and incarceration of up to six months in jail.


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