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Have you ever been on a hike, and along the trail pass a bench, railing or whatever defaced with graffiti? Â Maybe not even graffiti but something like “Matt was here” or “JP + JL” in a heart? Â 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. Â 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 pageâ€¦along with how he REALLY felt about the incident.
Since then, Nelson’sÂ photo has over a whopping 45,000 shares along with piles of comments. Â Click here to see the postâ€¦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”. Â 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 withÂ Deschutes National Forest, gave “kudos” to Nelson “for bringing this to our attention”.
WantÂ to read a little more about the confrontation? Â Check outÂ oregonlive.com. Â They also have some fabulousÂ links to other instances of “art” on natural resources.
So, have you ever carved your initials into something in the woods? Â Is a tree different from aÂ railing? Â What if there were a bunch of other carvings on there? Â How far is “too far”? Â I’ve always felt that, sure, some peopleÂ say “it’s just one” etc. or something. Â But what happens if everyone does it? Â Does that make it right, or wrong?
I’d love to hear how you feel. Â And either way, I think it’s important that we do help in the upkeep of our natural resources for everyone to enjoy.