Forest Research Projects Vandalized in Alaska

October 16, 2006

A local man bulldozed a mile-long trail through four long-term University of Alaska Fairbanks research projects "designed to study vegetation patterns in areas relatively undisturbed by humans." He claims he was careful not to disturb the research areas, but the bulldozer cut power lines to a weather station, damaged fences, disturbed a hare-trapping grid and drove through a vegetation plot that had been growing for 20 years. (AP news item at http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DISRUPTED_RESEARCH?SITE=NEYOR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT )