posted at 21:50
Author: The Associated Press
National Parks work on delicate task of removing graffiti
SALT LAKE CITY - A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. Workers test different strippers to figure out which will loosen the material without damaging rock, then rinse it off with lots of low-pressure hot water, gently scraping each layer away with the spatula, said National Parks spokesman Jason Olson. He said Friday he didn't know how much it might cost to go remove the paint in eight parks across California, Colorado, Utah and Oregon. One colorful painting of a woman with blue hair at Crater Lake National Park is already covered in ice and snow and workers might not be able to reach it until next summer. Casey Nocket, the 21-year-old suspect identified by the park service this week, allegedly used acrylic paint and signed with the handle "Creepytings." Attempts to reach Nocket were unsuccessful. The National Park Service said this week they've found paintings in Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree in California; Crater Lake in Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands in Utah; and Rocky Mountain in Colorado, where Colorado National Monument was also tagged. Instagrammers had identified several paintings in different parks, allegedly left by Nocket. Zion National Park is home to red-rock bluffs, sweeping canyons - and now a backpack-sized drawing of a woman smoking on a rock near a trail named for emerald-colored pools of water.

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