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Forest Service investigating vandalism at historic lime kilns south of Helena

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 19:55:37-05

Leaders with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest say they are investigating after historic lime kilns south of Helena were vandalized once again.

On the forest’s Facebook page, they released photos Wednesday of graffiti on the Davis Gulch kilns. Leaders said they previously removed graffiti on the structures as part of a cleanup effort in 2018.

“Unfortunately, this historic structure appears to be an attractive place for this behavior,” the post said.

Forest Service law enforcement is investigating the vandalism as a federal crime, under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact the forest’s Helena office at (406) 449-5201.

Forest leaders said actions like this can ruin other people’s enjoyment of public lands.

“If you see something that doesn't seem right while visiting the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, don't hesitate to contact your local ranger station to report what you saw,” the Facebook post said. “We appreciate everyone's respectful use of National Forest System lands.”