Message #70 From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 Subject: Arizona BLM Offers Rewards [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : In a move to crack down on criminals abusing the environment, the Bureau of Land Management office in Arizona has announced rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the successful arrest and conviction of people caught damaging public lands and natural resources and violating federal drug laws on BLM land. The public's help is being sought through a public service radio campaign which encourages people to call a toll free number to report any suspected illegal activities they may see when out enjoying BLM or other publicly managed lands. "Every time someone carves their initials into a tree or starts a forest fire or takes an artifact or vandalizes a campground, the public looses," explains BLM State Director Denise Merideth. "These crimes hurt the environment and the people who enjoy the great outdoors. Repairing picnic tables and putting out fires costs the taxpayers money. Even worse, some crimes cause damage to our natural, biological and cultural resources that can never be repaired." The BLM cares for more than 14 million acres of public lands across Arizona. Rangers and other law enforcement officers patrol these lands to keep visitors safe, as well as to protect the wildlife, streams, plants and other resources from being abused. Law enforcement officials warn that while they are asking for the public's help, people should never take the law into their own hands. "People should not confront a dangerous situation," reminds BLM Special Agent Mick Roselle. "Instead, anyone who feels they are witnessing a crime in progress, should leave the area immediately and go to the nearest phone to call for law enforcement assistance." Anyone having information about crimes on BLM lands can call the "Crime Stoppers" toll free number at (800)432-6933. For more information, contact Tina Gromo, BLM, (602)417-9504.