Appalling act of vandalism on our nations public lands

(This story is a few days old, so many of you may have already read it, but I could not let this event happen without posting about it.)

On Halloween this year, the BLM received a very unsettling call – while hiking in the Volcanic Tableland area near Bishop, California, visitors had discovered that many 3500(+) year old petroglyphs had been vandalized. This was not your “usual” act of vandalism seen on public land – where people etch or paint on the petroglyphs.  In this case, the felons physically stole four petroglyphs by hacking them away (with power saws that required generators!) from the rock face.  During the theft, the perpetrators also defaced an additional petroglyphs with saw marks, broke a removed petroglyph in the process of stealing it, and scarred many others with hammer strikes.  According to BLM, archaeologists this is the worst act of vandalism seen on any BLM land.

The primitive artists–Paviotso. Edward S. Curtis. Library of Congress.

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Recreation Ecology Around the World: Part 1 – East Asia

ResearchBlogging.org Yep, I have not posted in over a month. Whoops!  I feel like this is my busiest semester to date and what little free time I have has been devoted to trying to finish the A Song of Ice and Fire series or knitting.  Blogging has taken a back seat to research and other hobbies. However, recently a bunch of review papers have appeared in the literature summarizing the state of recreation ecology in various countries around the world (East Asia, Canada, Australia, and the United States).  As I work through reading these papers, I figured I could take write a series of blog posts that can serve as a tour of the world through the lens of a recreation ecologist (hopefully it will take less than 80 days…).

First stop – East Asia

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