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PA – ‘Stewards of Penn’s Woods’ wage war against graffiti in parks

Imagine being banned from setting foot on nearly 524 million acres of public land.

That was one of the punishments handed down last month to a San Diego woman who pleaded guilty to defacing rock formations in seven national parks with graffiti. She also is required to do community service and pay a yet-to-be-determined fine.

Her sentence was unusual. Her crime was not.

Graffiti in wild places is common, certainly here in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

“I’ve been in the state parks system 35 years, and it’s been going on as long as I’ve been around,” said Ken Bisbee, manager of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County. “I’ve seen it in every park I’ve worked in.”

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This is some of the graffiti at the Beam Rocks overlook in Forbes State Forest.

This is some of the graffiti at the Beam Rocks overlook in Forbes State Forest.
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