Take Two for October 22, 2013

Calculating the cost of vandalism in National Parks

Illegal activity? Men destroy rock formation in Goblin Valley, Utah

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The story here: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57012279-78/goblin-rock-valley-state.html.csp Three men, tagged as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, push over large rock boulders in Goblin Valley, Utah in this video posted to Hall's Facebook page. They claim they are preventing a safety hazard, but the activity in the video is likely illegal. Utah state parks authorities are investigating, and the three are facing felony charges. The video has since been removed from Facebook.

Earlier this month, three Boy Scout leaders videotaped themselves destroying a 170-million-year-old rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. 

The video, which was posted on Facebook, has received a tremendous amount of backlash, and two of the men could face criminal charges for their actions. 

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It raises a question about the costs of these types of incidents, and what can be done to prevent them.

For more, we're joined by David Lamfrom, California Desert Senior Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association.


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