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Crater Lake National Park seeks tips after recent damage

Crater Lake NP soil damage
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Crater Lake National Park officials seek tips to find whoever caused damage by driving off-road, doing 'donuts'

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.

The Herald and News reports 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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  1. Why pay $25 to go into a national park to do donuts. Couldn’t they do their donuts in a snow filled lot somewhere outside the park? There’s no respect anymore.

  2. Almost a yearly happening for over 20 years and the park service has not installed boulders lining the roadside yet as in many other parks,seems too simple of a solution-

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