Saguaro National Park News Release
For Immediate Release 13-29
May 13, 2013
Contact: Andy L. Fisher, 520 733 5139, Andy_L_Fisher@nps.gov
Saguaro National Park is Tagged by Vandals
Tucson, AZ – Significant graffiti was discovered along the Douglas Springs Trail in Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District over the weekend.
Sixteen objects have been confirmed to be spray painted with black paint, including eight saguaro cacti in the first 1.5 miles of the trail. There are additional reports of graffiti as far up the trail as Bridal Wreath Falls, an additional two miles uphill.
“This is very disappointing,” said Darla Sidles, Superintendent. “Many of the cacti tagged are 100 to 150 years old. They were seedlings during our nation’s civil war and have stood this long inside what is now a National Park designated Wilderness area, designed to protect them.”
An investigation is looking into who might have been involved in the crime, as well as steps that can be taken to remediate the damage.
According to Sidles, “Trail signs will be repainted, rocks will be cleaned and staff is researching methods to clean the cactus that will not result in further damage to this fragile iconic species. We need the help of our visiting public to assist us in being stewards of this land. Our national parks belong to all of us”. Saguaro National Park is asking users of this popular trail to be vigilant. Park users and neighbors are often the eyes and ears of the park, witnessing and reporting suspicious activity to Park Rangers.
If anyone has additional information about this incident, please call the Saguaro National Park Information Hotline at (520)733-5150.