Friends of Red Rock Canyon Offer up to Anti-Graffiti $3,000 Reward

We’re tired of graffiti ruining Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

We’re tired of having our volunteers hauling the water, chemicals and the tools needed to remove these disgusting eyesores.

We’re tired of spending money that could be used to bring children to the Rock for educational field trips.

Friends will be offering up to a  $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone defacing Red Rock Canyon.

Definition: Graffiti, form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.

Vandalism of public lands and natural resources is illegal under federal law, and the potential penalties for someone who is convicted of class A misdemeanor vandalism include a fine of up to $100,000, or up to one year in jail.

REPORT GRAFFITI TO preserve@friendsofredrock.org

Anti-Graffiti Program Terms and Conditions

  1. The tip must come through the Friends of Red Rock Canyon Anti-Graffiti program by phone, email or text message and must lead to the arrest and conviction in a misdemeanor or felony crime of graffiti within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
  2. The determination regarding the classification of misdemeanor or felony crimes will be based on the actual charge filed against the individual(s) based on the jurisdiction in which the charges are filed. Classification of misdemeanor or felony warrants is based on the actual warrant for arrest issued by the originating agency.
  3. The Friends of Red Rock Canyon Board may determine to pay a reward on specific misdemeanor crimes under unique circumstances and where the best interest of Anti-Graffiti program may be served.
  4. Rewards of up to $3,000 are paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction in misdemeanor or felony graffiti related crimes. The Board of Directors of the Friends of Red Rock Canyon determines the actual amount of the reward for each incident.
  5. All decisions of the Friends of Red Rock Canyon Board of Directors are final.
  6. A limit of one reward will be paid per incident, regardless of the number of suspects identified or informants who provide the information.
  7. Rewards to informants under the age of 18 will be made to their parent or guardian.
  8. In the event more than one person provides information on the same crime or incident, the Bureau of Land Management assigned team member and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon Board of Directors will make the determination as to which individual is entitled to the Anti-Graffiti reward, based on who provided the information first and/or based on the relative importance of the informants’ information.
  9. The reward may be divided among two or more callers at the discretion of the Board.
  10. The Friends of Red Rock Canyon will be under no obligation to pay any reward if it is shown that the identity and/or location of the suspect(s) was known to the public, the news media or law enforcement prior to the receipt of the information to the Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
  11. Monies awarded by the Board and not called for or collected by the caller within 90 days will be placed back in the reward fund and used for future rewards.

Exclusions

*Commissioned law enforcement officers, correctional officers, employees of law enforcement agencies, and their immediate families are ineligible to receive an Anti-Graffiti reward

*Perpetrators or co-perpetrators of the crime are not eligible for rewards

*Persons working as Confidential Informants for law enforcement are not eligible for rewards

*Persons employed by news-media are not eligible for rewards

 

To report an incident in progress that you witness:

  • DO NOT confront the vandal.
  • Call the police. Be prepared to identify the vandal with:
    • Pictures if possible.
    • Description of the suspect, including the clothing type and color.
    • Suspect’s license plate and information on the vehicle.
  • Note the damage and location for follow-up investigation, and similar damage in the immediate area.

 

Red Rock Day

This year’s Red Rock Day event was hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and held on a beautiful spring day at the First Creek Trail within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Forty-seven volunteers as well as eight staff members from the BLM, Southern Nevada Conservancy, and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon participated in Red Rock Day.

Volunteers formed into six teams and they successfully cleaned approximately 25 graffiti sites along the First Creek Trail. An additional team removed one mile of old cable and eight fence posts.

Morning snacks were provided by REI, and lunch by Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Southern Nevada Conservancy staff assisted with registration and lunch as well as staffing an Earth Day education table for volunteers and hikers.

Wiping Out Graffiti at Red Rock Day

By Kristi Weeks

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hosts three community volunteer events each year. National Public Lands Day and Make a Difference Day take place in the fall and Red
Rock Day is scheduled to coincide with Earth Day.

To make these events successful, BLM partners with REI, the nonprofit organizations Southern Nevada Conservancy  and Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock Day was held on April 21 at the First Creek Trail within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

With over two million visitors a year, one of the most disturbing trends experienced at Red Rock Canyon is the increase in intentional damage, specifically graffiti applied to cliff faces and boulders within Red Rock Canyon.

Unfortunately, First Creek Trail is heavily impacted by graffiti on a regular basis. Forty-seven volunteers, as well as eight staff members from the BLM, participated in this event to clean graffiti off boulders.

Food and water is always provided at volunteer work day events as a way to say “thank you” to
the community members who come out to help. The day began with coffee, juice and donuts generously provided by Ashley Lee of REI. Friends coordinated the event registration and provided swag bags to event participants. The SNC staff assisted with registration, as well as staffing an Earth Day education table for volunteers and hikers.

BLM staff, team leaders and community volunteers formed six teams and successfully cleaned approximately 25 graffiti sites along the First Creek Trail.

An additional team removed one mile of old cable and eight fence posts. After the work concluded, Friends provided sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies for the hard-working volunteers and staff. Volunteers donated more than 239 hours, including event preparation, for this successful day.

What can you do to help reduce graffiti within Red Rock Canyon?

You can join Friends’ Graffiti Removal Team and help us keep Red Rock Canyon a graffiti free zone.

Since 1997, the Graffiti Removal Team has donated nearly 2,400 hours of their time and talents to
eradicate the blight. According to Graffiti Team Lead Peter Sbraccia, the areas that experience the most damage include trails at Oak Creek, First Creek and Ice Box, along with all of the Calico Basin and Red Springs sites, especially the climbing areas.

The Graffiti Removal Team works with the BLM to compile an inventory of graffiti damage and
schedules volunteer workdays outside of summer months to remove the damage. Become a member of Friends of Red Rock Canyon and support our ongoing efforts at preserving and protecting this very special place.

You can also help by sending your vandalism photos and the GPS location (use UTM NAD 83) to: preserve@friendsofredrockcanyon.org. Do not confront anyone you see or suspect
of this crime but do note details to provide to BLM Law Enforcement officers.

Friends also will provide a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone defacing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Thank you to the following Red Rock Canyon staff and volunteers who contributed to a very productive morning: John Asselin, KC Craven, Cody Dix, Cory Gozar, Cal Howell, Shelby Johnson,
Janis Kadlec, Joe Kotecki, Tom Lisby, Wyatt Mulvey, Susan Murphy, Peter Sbraccia, Penny Sinisi
and Kristi Weeks.

 

 

Battling Graffiti at Red Rock Canyon

One of the most disturbing trends experienced at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, is the increase in malicious and intentional damage, specifically graffiti applied to cliff faces and boulders in the national conservation area. 

Vandals spray painted graffiti over Native American rock art panels that were over 1,000 years old. The cost to restore the panels approached thirty thousand dollars and was paid for by generous donations from corporate donors and private individuals. 

The rock art (mainly pictographs) is probably late prehistoric to historic (e.g. ranging in time from about A.D. 1000 to possibly as late as the eighteen hundreds) and was made by the known prehistoric archaeological cultures that lived in the area such as the Virgin Anasazi, ancestral Paiute and the Lower Coloradoan River groups. 

Here is a YouTube video update of this graffiti removal effort within Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

You can help us remove graffiti from Red Rock in several ways: 

  • Become a member of Friends of Red Rock Canyon to support our ongoing efforts at preserving and protecting this very special place. 

You can also join our Graffiti Removal Team and become a part of our work to keep Red Rock Canyon a graffiti free zone. Additional volunteers are being trained to remove graffiti and will be working hard to restore the the park to its natural beauty. 

We are working with the Bureau of Land Management ) to compile an inventory of graffiti damage and will schedule volunteer workdays to remove the damage. 

  • Send your vandalism photos and the GPS location (use UTM NAD 83 if possible) to:preserve@friendsofredrockcanyon.org. 
  • Report graffiti to the BLM’s Law Enforcement Officers at 702-293-8932. Do not confront anyone you see or suspect of this crime but do note details to provide to the officers. 

$1,000 REWARD!! 

 We’re tired of graffiti ruining Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. 

We’re tired of having our volunteers hauling the water, chemicals and the tools needed to remove these disgusting eyesores. 

We’re tired of spending money that could be used to bring children to the Rock for educational field trips. 

Friends will be offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone defacing Red Rock Canyon. 

Click on the reward poster to view a larger size PDF file 

Please DONATE NOW. 

Send your tax-deductible donation to Friends of Red Rock Canyon 1000 Scenic Drive Las Vegas, NV 89161 or click here to donate through Friends PayPal account.