In Port Angeles, Washington, Richard Schneider, after retiring from the National Park Service, decided to take matters into his own hands. He has removed over 70 graffiti tags over the past few months. He is highly motivated to improve this city and community by eliminating graffiti blight. He attempts to remove graffiti tags as quickly as possible to discourage them from reoccurring. By removing the tags quickly, the hope is that the taggers move on to areas less visible to the community or stop all together.
Summary by Clean City Graffiti Watch
The hiker’s creed, “Take only pictures, leave nothing but footprints” has been turned upside down in recent months as a rash of graffiti vandalism has broken out in Joshua Tree National Park. Millions of annual visitors have respected the natural beauty of the park. The graffiti of the vandals has forced park rangers to close over 300 arces of the National Park including the highly popular, Rattlesnake Canyon, with its large granite outcroppings and natural spring pools.
"People are appalled and people are wondering how it could happen here, in a national park," said Pat Pilcher, a ranger at Joshua Tree.
According to park officials, defacing National Park property carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison and a $5,000
Park officials are assessing strategies to remove the graffiti without doing more harm. Some of the graffiti may have damaged ancient Native American petroglyphs.
"People are protective of their parks," said, Jeffrey Olson, a spokesman for the National Park Service, "It makes it all the more shocking that somebody would defile our heritage."
More detail at LA Times.
From Clean City Innovation Graffiti Watch