Female hiker banned from all United States national parks

Female hiker banned from all United States national parks”

The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next two years, she's persona non grata on 524 million acres of public land, the Los Angeles Times reports. She is also banned from all national parks for her probation period.

Shortly after Modern Hiker broke the story, an account by the name of "theofficialcreepytings", which may or may not be run by Nocket herself, posted a photo of Nocket in action with the caption, "Sorry @modernhiker I'm an artist".

Reddit users began posting about Nocket's drawings, tipping off National Parks Service investigators.

In one Instagram post post, which has since been taken down, a commenter asks her what materials she's using.

The Modern Hiker blog identified Nocket as the culprit through social media posts where the young woman bragged about her exploits during a road trip through California, Utah, Colorado and OR on Instagram and Tumblr.

Restoration efforts remain ongoing at the parks she defaced, however.

Nocket damaged the rock formations by drawing or painting on them using acrylic paints and markers.

In a plea deal, Nocket was convicted of seven misdemeanour counts of damaging government property and has started serving two years of probation, as well as completing 200 hours of community service. She will also pay restitution, although authorities won't determine how much money she'll have to pay until a later court hearing.

Acting US Attorney Phillip Talbert cited Nocket's "lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures" and said cleanup efforts are complete at five of the parks.

"I know", Nocket responded.

The case also provoked a White House petition demanding she be prosecuted with more than 10,000 people signing the document.

Charles Cuvelier, the chief of the National Park's Service law enforcement, told The Guardian, "when there are acts of destruction and you make them known at large through social media, that is a powerful tool of investigation".

'It is clear that the public cares deeply for the special places that the National Park Service represents, and the resolution of this case sends a message to those who would consider such inappropriate behavior going forward'.

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