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Utah State Office
Release Date: 03/29/12
Contacts: Randy Griffin, 801-977-4300    

BLM and Utah Cave Conservancy Offer Reward for Crystal Cave Vandals

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Salt Lake Field Office (SLFO), and the Utah Cave Conservancy are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of a recent break-in at Crystal Cave in Box Elder County. The break-in and vandalism occurred sometime between April 2011 and February 2012.  Unknown persons broke through the gate, destroyed government property, and caused resource damage within the cave.

Significant caves on public lands are protected by the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act. Crystal Cave is managed by the BLM to preserve sensitive cave formations, protect bat habitat, and ensure public safety. Visitors to the cave are required to obtain a permit.

The BLM encourages anyone that has information about who was responsible for this break-in to contact SLFO law enforcement officers at 801.977.4300. All contacts will remain confidential. The cash reward will be payable based on the value of the information and outcome of the case.

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.

Utah State Office   440 West 200 South, Suite 500      SLC, UT 84101-1345  

Last updated: 03-29-2012