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Vandalism to Heavy Equipment Delays Road Opening at Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Date: April 28, 2006
Contact: John Roth, 530-595-4444 ext. 5150

April 28, 2006 For Immediate Release
John Roth (530) 595-4444, ext. 5150

Vandalism to Heavy Equipment Delays Road Opening at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Heavy snow removal equipment was vandalized sometime between Thursday evening, April 20 and Friday morning, April 21 in the southwest entrance parking lot at Lassen Volcanic National Park. The vandalism included breaking all windows to the park’s rotary snowplow, and to a road grader.

The snow removal equipment is critical to spring road opening operations, and will set the park back days in opening the road. Extensive damage was done to the machinery.

“It is a shame that irresponsible individuals can damage equipment that is so needed for the opening of the park road for our summer visitors. They may not realize that repairs to the damaged equipment will cost taxpayers. These repairs will add to the burden of opening the road for public use during this extremely high snow year., Spring plowing operations will be delayed until the snow removal equipment can be repaired” said Superintendent Mary G. Martin.

Park law enforcement personnel are investigating this crime. A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals. “We hope that anyone who has knowledge concerning the identity or circumstances of this act will contact the park,” said Superintendent Martin.

If you have any information regarding the damage to this equipment and break-in of the storage building, please telephone Chief Park Ranger John Roth at (530) 595-4444 ext. 5150.

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Did You Know?

View of devastated area from Main Park Road.

The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.