BLM offers reward for info on Prince Creek trail sabotage
July 17, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for placing boards covered with nails on the popular mountain biking trails in the Prince Creek area near Carbondale last month.
The BLM continues to investigate the incidents but has not identified suspects.
A total of three narrow boards with numerous sharp nails sticking out were discovered by mountain bikers in mid-June. Two boards were left on popular biking trails with the clear intent of damaging bikes or harming bikers. The third board was found off-trail.
"We simply do not tolerate this behavior and will seek convictions against the responsible parties," said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett. "We are hoping someone has some information that will lead us to those responsible."
Cyclist Colin Osborn was climbing the Skillsaw Trail on June 15 when he discovered a board punctured by about 15 nails placed on a singletrack trail. The board was obscured by dirt and pine needles. The nails were positioned to cause a flat.
He said he was lucky to spot the board after stopping for a drink.
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Osborn continued up the trail, which evolves into a route called Creekside, and found a second board spiked with about 30 nails.
The BLM Tuesday disclosed that the third board was found on the ground along Creekside that same day.
Anyone who has information that might be useful should call BLM law enforcement at (970) 876-9000.