Woman Banned From National Parks For Painting Graffiti — With Her Instagram Handle — On Protected Rocks!
This woman maybe isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed…
Casey Nocket, 23, has been banned from all of the U.S. National Parks after she admitted to defacing protected rocks with graffiti artwork — including her social media handle (!!) — and then posting photos to Instagram.
Nocket initially committed the crimes in 2014, though only now has her case gone through to U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto, who sentenced her to 200 hours of community service work in addition to the ban on going to National Parks.
Nocket, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of depredation against government property regarding six national parks in Oregon, California, Utah and Colorado, will also have to pay a fine.
That amount, which will help remove the graffiti from the protected rocks, will be announced at a future hearing.
Acting U.S. Attorney Philip A. Talbert outlined just how harmful Nocket has been to rock formations in the great outdoors, telling the media after the decision:
“The defendant’s defacement of multiple rock formations showed a lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures. The National Park Service has worked hard to restore the rock formations to their natural state, completing clean-up efforts in five of the seven national parks. They expect to complete clean-up efforts at Death Valley and at Crater Lake national parks as weather permits.”
The graffiti is exceptionally difficult to remove because the usual process — sand blasting and chemical stripping — would cause irreversible damage to many of the unique rocks and surrounding natural features in question.
Nocket’s Instagram and Tumblr accounts, where she had posted images of herself committing the vandalism, have long since been deleted.
Nevertheless, impostor accounts have popped up over the last two years re-sharing pictures (like those, above) of Nocket and her “art.”
[Image via Instagram.]