Mill Creek vandalism...
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To the person vandalizing signs in Mill Creek Canyon and the Power Dam area: I beg of you to stop removing and destroying trail signs. We have been working in the canyon for over 10 years and are dedicated to returning it to its most natural state while leaving it free and open for all to enjoy. The signs are an important part of our overall plan to accomplish that goal.

Most visitors want to walk from the parking area to the Left Hand Canyon waterfall. When people can’t find the way, they create multiple trails as they search. This is deadly to the canyon, causing compacted soil, habitat destruction, and ugly scarring. A healthy vibrant canyon is vital for the plants and animals that make this their home. That is one reason an easy-to-follow trail from the parking area to the waterfall is so important to protecting this special place.

We have been able to limit the parking lot to 28 vehicles and prohibit parking on the creek side of Powerhouse Lane. Plans are underway to make the other side of Powerhouse Lane no parking. Vehicles over 22 feet are prohibited, as well as busses and trailers. Limiting the numbers in the canyon keeps it healthier than before – when busloads of people were arriving in the canyon and cars and busses were parked all over the place.

We are working to remove non-native plants, so that the natives, waiting patiently for the room they need to grow, can flourish. We would love to have you help us with this work.

We remove trash and recycling from the Tea Cup and the rocky ledges above and along the creek in front of the power dam, and along the trail up to the waterfall in Left Hand. We have removed thousands of pounds of trash and recycling from the canyon over the years. We’d love to have you help with that too.

  We invite you to visit www.millcreekpartnership.net to see what we’ve been up to. We would be thrilled if the people who love the canyon would join us as we show our love for the land by helping restore it. Come to one of our monthly work parties!

  I understand your frustration with the numbers of people in the canyon and your dislike of signage in what should be an unmolested area, but reality dictates action, and an important way to help the canyon is to make it easy for people to get to the Left Hand waterfall from the parking area.

We hope we don’t have to resort to placing cameras where vandalism is occurring. We’d much rather not, but the constant vandalism may leave us no choice.

—Sara Melnicoff

Moab Solutions/Mill Creek Partnership

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