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.