Burt Edwards, communications director | 971.634.0595 (office) | 703.861.8237 (cell) | firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
PORTLAND, OR – On April 23, graffiti tagging the Cape Horn cliffs in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and located across the river from Rooster Rock State Park, was discovered by several Gorge residents.
Speaking in response, Friends of the Columbia Gorge Executive Director Kevin Gorman said:
"Seeing the graffiti photos was heartbreaking. Like many who work or live in the Gorge, I'm angry. But we must give time for authorities to conduct a proper and thorough investigation.
"I'll never forget my first hike in the Cape Horn area. The cliffs are stunning and beloved both by residents and visitors to the Columbia Gorge. We must treat the Gorge, its residents and communities with respect.
"We can't allow this act of vandalism to be how people view the Gorge. We have contacted the U.S. Forest Service about the incident and they are currently working on a response plan. We applaud the enthusiasm of our members who have already volunteered to help in any clean-up efforts, and we commend the initiative of the Gorge residents who stepped up to report this incident to authorities on Tuesday.
"Friends encourages anyone who witnesses acts of vandalism in the Gorge to immediately inform law enforcement officials. The Gorge is a national treasure and we all have a role to play in protecting it."
Photos of Cape Horn Cliffs vandalism by Darren Gillette.