Tumalo Falls Facebook Photo Sparks Outrage, Action

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Have you ever been on a hike, and along the trail pass a bench, railing or whatever defaced with graffiti?  Maybe not even graffiti but something like “Matt was here” or “JP + JL” in a heart?  Well Brent Nelson was hiking the Tumalo Falls trail in Oregon recently when he noticed two children–who were with their dad–carving their initials into a metal railing at the Falls.  According to KTVZ, after unsuccessfully talking to the dad about what the kids were doing, Nelson took their photo and posted it to his Facebook page…along with how he REALLY felt about the incident.

Caught.  The kids even posed!
Caught. The kids even posed!

Since then, Nelson’s photo has over a whopping 45,000 shares along with piles of comments.  Click here to see the post…heads-up, there is some emotionally-charged language that’s not 100% kid-friendly.

But since the photo went viral, even the Forest Service has gotten involved, saying they “take this very seriously”.  Vandalization on federal property could result in a fine up to $5,000 or six months in jail!

Interestingly enough, Kassidy Kern, public affairs specialist with Deschutes National Forest, gave “kudos” to Nelson “for bringing this to our attention”.

Want to read a little more about the confrontation?  Check out oregonlive.com.  They also have some fabulous links to other instances of “art” on natural resources.

So, have you ever carved your initials into something in the woods?  Is a tree different from a railing?  What if there were a bunch of other carvings on there?  How far is “too far”?  I’ve always felt that, sure, some people say “it’s just one” etc. or something.  But what happens if everyone does it?  Does that make it right, or wrong?

I’d love to hear how you feel.  And either way, I think it’s important that we do help in the upkeep of our natural resources for everyone to enjoy.

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