National Forest Vandalized

Kimberly Stewart and her husband walk the Jones-Whites-Creek trail to Church's Pond a couple of times a month.
They say it's a beautiful and sometimes rugged trail, the fact that someone would spray paint rocks, trees and trail markers here sickens them.

"And kind of a hard hike to go up and deface it, totally sucks."

Up this trail into the Mount Rose Wilderness Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Federal investigators say the three suspects were caught spray painting the six mile trail that leads up to and includes Church's Pond.

Other hikers in the area watched the three men and used their cell phones to call authorities who arrested the three men as they came down the trail.

19-YEAR OLD Alfredo Perez, 22-year old Efrain Becerra and 18-year old Gabriel Amaya all from Sparks could face up to ten years in prison and a two-hundred-50-thousand dollar fine if convicted of the crimes.

In the meantime Friends of Nevada Wilderness is helping to coordinate a volunteer cleanup crew on August 9th.

Wes Hoskins from Friends of Nevada Wilderness says this will be an all day affair.

"You know it ties in with being able to be good stewards of public lands and really just a responsibility towards Nevada and if you love this state you have to love the nature of it."

If you'd like to vollunteer call 324-7667.

All three defendants pleaded no guilty today in federal court. They were assigned public defenders and a court date was set for September 23.