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Reward Offered in Vandalism Case

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Umpqua National Forest and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians are offering a reward in hopes of arresting those responsible for vandalism at a campground.

On Sunday, severe damage to the meadow was discovered by District Ranger Donna Owens at the South Umpqua Falls Campground.

“It appears a full-size truck came in and tore up the meadows in the campground, which are still wet this time of year. It is an unfortunate mess right now,” Owens said.

Owens says the damage has caused the campground to be closed temporarily in hopes the area will heal.  Recreation staff will work diligently to restore the meadow and have the campground operational before the busy summer season.

“It’s a shame the campground will be closed on these beautiful spring days we’ve been having. We plan to open the site by Memorial Day weekend,” Owens said.

A $1,500 reward is being offered for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the vandals.

Anyone with information can call the Forest Service Law Enforcement Office at (541) 496-4187.

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