Crater Lake National Park seeks help with recent damage

Driving off roadways is a federal crime punishable by up to $5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Posted: Dec 1, 2019 2:44 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP)-- Authorities at Crater Lake National Park say someone driving off-road damaged plants and other resources, and they're asking for the public's help in finding who is responsible.

Park rangers believe the incident happened late Nov. 23 or early Nov. 24.

According to a park Facebook post, driving off roadways and damaging resources is a federal crime punishable by up to $5,000 and/or six months imprisonment for each offense.

The park says there is a short window during summer months in which plants in the park get sunlight to grow. The rest of the year they can be buried in deep snow.

The park says staff spends time each year fixing areas damaged by visitors not staying on roads or trails.

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