Target: Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California
Goal: Bring charges against motorist who drove over Death Valley’s fragile Racetrack Playa.
A very fragile span of dry land in Death Valley National Park has been heavily damaged by a reckless motorist who illegally drove across the rocky bed of the dry lake. In an SUV and driving at a high speed, the motorist cut deep tracks into the ground. The tracks run for ten miles through the famous Racetrack Playa.
The dry lakebed of Death Valley is famous for its flatness and its unique cracks. It is the wind that forms these cracks as it blows rocks across the ground’s surface. However, the motorist has heavily damaged the pattern of cracks by tearing deep tire marks into them. Officials say that the damage is the worst case of vandalism that the park has seen. The damage cannot be repaired by mankind. Instead, Mother Nature must run its course. Heavy rainfall, officials hope, will repair the ground. However, Death Valley is one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. It seems unlikely that heavy rain will wash away the damage any time soon.
Federal investigators are currently searching for the driver responsible for the vandalism. However, no one has been identified, arrested, or charged. Death Valley has seen numerous instances of vandalism this year. Three men killed an endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish, while one man sprayed graffiti on the park’s rock formations. This latest instance once again demonstrates a severe lack of respect for the world in which we live and the wonders it is home to. Sign the petition to demand that, when the driver is arrested, he or she face federal vandalism charges for defiling one of our nation’s natural marvels.
Dear Attorney General Harris,
Death Valley National Park has once more been the target of vandalism. A reckless driver illegally drove across the fragile, dry lakebed of Racetrack Playa. Ten miles of deep tire tracks now cut through the national park, damaging the unique geological wonder that millions of people from around the world venture to see.
The damage, unfortunately, cannot be reversed by mankind. Instead, only a heavy rain can repair the damage. However, a heavy rainfall seems unlikely in one of the world’s hottest and driest places.
This incident is only the latest case of vandalism in the national park. Although the man or woman responsible has not yet been identified, I ask you to charge them with a federal offense when the time comes. Our national parks make our nation so special and strive to protect our country’s natural wonders. To see one so carelessly destroyed is heartbreaking.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan