Arches seeks volunteers for Sept. 28 graffiti cleanup
by Rudy Herndon
Staff Writer
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A park service employee cleans graffiti from the face of a rock in Arches National Park.          Courtesy photo
A park service employee cleans graffiti from the face of a rock in Arches National Park. Courtesy photo
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More than a million people visit Arches National Park each year, but so far, only a handful of them have volunteered for an upcoming event to help officials get a handle on the park’s growing problem with vandalism.

Graffiti Awareness Day organizers are seeking at least 30 people to remove tags, etchings and other markings at the park on Sept. 28. Event organizers say the cleanup will give visitors and residents alike the chance to do something constructive about a growing problem that extends from Arches to Saguaro and Joshua Tree national parks and beyond.

The event is being held in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks and the National Parks Conservation Association.

The park’s staffers already spend a considerable amount of their time working to remove graffiti. But they say they simply can’t keep up with the rise in vandalism.

To volunteer, contact Joette Langianese of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks at: 435-259-0108.

Each volunteer should bring a lunch, two water bottles, gloves, a hat and sunscreen lotion. Cleanup supplies will be provided, along with a light breakfast, snacks and water.

For more information about Graffiti Awareness Day, go to: www.publiclandsday.com.

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