Woman Who Drew All Over Rocks in National Parks is Getting 2 Years Probation
A woman who painted on natural rock formations across several national parks pleaded guilty to defacing government property on Monday.
Casey Nocket, 23, left drawings on rocks at seven parks, including Yosemite, Zion, Crater Lake National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, in 2014 and posted photos of her handiwork on social media. The images on her Instagram and Tumblr accounts incited online outrage, and ultimately landed her in federal court in Fresno, California.
The markings caused permanent destruction to natural features, according to park officials, as cleanup crews have used sandblasting as well as harsh chemicals to remove them. Nocket’s drawings at Crater Lake and Death Valley have yet to be removed two years later, according to the Associated Press.
She was sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service. Another hearing will determine how much money she will have to pay to help with the costs of cleanup.
Nocket isn’t the only one who has recently ended up in court for leaving a mark on nature: Actress Vanessa Hudgens was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after she carved a heart into a red rock in Sedona.