Thieves Sabotaged Natl. Forest Campground
Thieves caused over $35,000 worth of damage to Plumas National Forest campgrounds at Lakes Davis and Frenchman north of Portola, Calif., by damaging facilities and removing copper pipes and brass fixtures.
"Thankfully, the campgrounds were open before Memorial Day because repairs were done so quickly by our concessionaires, Thousand Trails," Beckwourth District Ranger Deb Bumpus told YubaNet.com.
Unfortunately the money used for the repairs means other needed work will not be accomplished this year. "We will not be able to purchase new picnic tables or gravel the road at Frenchman," noted Bumpus. She said plans that have been postponed for Lake Davis include a fence along Honker Cove Road and the environmental analysis for a Frisbee Golf Course, something eagerly awaited by Frisbee golf fanatics.
Forest Service law enforcement officers are investigating the incidents. Citations, which include damaging and removing government property, carry the standard criminal penalty of fines of up to $5,000 and six months in jail for each charge. The Forest Service can also pursue civil penalties aimed at recovering the cost of repairing the facilities. Other recreation sites in nearby national forests have also experienced thefts in recent months.
Please contact Troy Kimberling or Lisa Sedlacek at 530-836-2575 with any information about the theft or report anonymously using WeTIP at (800) 78-CRIME (782-7463).
For more information about camping and other recreational activities in the area, call the Beckwourth Ranger District office at (530) 836-2575.