Malheur National Forest graffiti, theft and vandalism update

GRANT COUNTY – (Release from the Malheur National Forest) On August 12, the Malheur National Forest shared information on recent issues with theft, vandalism and graffiti across the forest. 

Throughout the summer the Malheur National Forest recreation staff have worked hard on the usual projects such as trail maintenance, campground cleanup and opening recreation rentals for the season. The recreation staff have also been putting in extra effort to clean up graffiti and vandalism that has been popping up around the forest. In the images below you will see a small sample of the effort being put forth by both frontcountry and backcountry recreation staff. 

This year has brought increased visitation and use on the Malheur National Forest. While this is a positive trend, this use has brought additional work and challenges. For example, numerous signs have been stolen or destroyed and trailhead reference maps often disappear. When you see a map or important reference information on a trailhead or campground signboard, please take a picture and not the signage itself. The map and posted information that are needed to educate all visitors. In addition, replacing the maps and information is costly and time consuming. 

Malheur National Forest recreation staff would like to ask all visitors to be responsible stewards of the Forest’s resources. Please try to leave the places you recreate better than you found them, always pack out anything that you have packed in, and follow fire restriction guidance. For more information or to report vandalism, theft or other issues please call 541-575-3000.