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Release Date: 05/16/14
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. 2014-21

Garnet Hill Recreation Area Clean-up Continues, Costs Rising

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is still cleaning up and repairing damage done in early May by vandals at the Garnet Hill Recreation Area.

“We started working the minute we discovered the damage,” said Larry Martin, BLM Ely District civil engineering technician. “Visitors view a vandalized site as unsafe and we don’t want them to feel uncomfortable.”

The BLM spent $16,500 on the structure and installation in 2011 as part of a facilities upgrade.  Martin estimates the cost of removing the obscenity-laced graffiti and repairing the toilet facility could cost $1,500 or more.

Garnet Hill, located off U.S. Highway 50 about seven miles west of Ely, is popular with tourists and locals alike because of its deep red, high quality garnets, camping and picnic sites.

Ely District Law Enforcement Officer Bill Hart said the BLM investigates all acts of vandalism on public lands.  He encouraged anyone with information to contact him at 775-726-8182.

“We rely on the eyes and ears of the public.  They’re an important ally in the fight against vandalism,” Hart added.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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