Vandalism Incident Inspires Launch of Park Watch Program

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Date: April 26, 2011
Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5348, ext. 108

Dover, Tennessee—As a park neighbor, you are the most likely to observe threats to park resources as they occur. Rangers need your timely report of theft, vandalism, dumping, shooting, or other incidents in order to effectively protect park resources.

Please notify us immediately if you see violations of park regulations or safety hazards.


Vandalism, off-road driving and other violations of park regulations continue to be an issue at Fort Donelson National Battlefield. On the morning of Sunday, April 17, park employees discovered major damage had been done at the lower picnic area of the main unit of the park. A water fountain was heavily damaged, as were a door to the new restroom building and a bulletin board. The damage has been estimated at several thousand dollars.


"Vandalism such as this is extremely disheartening, especially during periods of tight budgets. Unfortunately, funding to repair vandalism such as this must come from other operating funds which provide buses for our school children to visit the park, funding for special events and community programs, and other planned projects to repair historic structures and maintain landscapes, "Superintendent Steven McCoy stated.

Persons with information concerning this incident are asked to call Chief Ranger Michael Manning at (931)232-5348, ext. 108. The park is grateful for the community's true sense of stewardship and pride in the park, and is hoping that somebody can provide information concerning this incident.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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