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Forest officials seek public's help to ID individuals who tore up meadow

A vehicle or vehicles caused extensive damage to a closed meadow on the Prescott National Forest July 4 and 5. The Forest Service is seeking help finding the culprits. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy photo)

A vehicle or vehicles caused extensive damage to a closed meadow on the Prescott National Forest July 4 and 5. The Forest Service is seeking help finding the culprits. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy photo)

Prescott National Forest officials are looking for any information related to an incident that occurred the evening of July 4 and the morning of July 5.

Unknown individuals cut a lock leading into the Powerline Meadow Wildlife Restoration Project Area off Forest Road 106 just south of the Woodchute Wilderness near Mingus Mountain.

After gaining illegal entry into the meadow, they left tire tracks and ruts throughout the recovering meadow, causing significant damage around the perimeter of the wildlife tank and the meadow. The ruts left by the vehicle were several feet deep.

The 10-acre meadow is being restored through a cooperative effort by the Prescott National Forest, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Public Service and Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation.

By excluding livestock and motor vehicle use, controlling soil erosion, removing trees encroaching into the meadow and repairing and cleaning the tank, the meadow will provide important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Kelly Fleming at 928-567-4121.

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