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Man pleads guilty to trail building on forest land
Written by Jeff Bear   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 00:00

Sedona resident Tyler Gavigan pleaded guilty to a criminal violation for unauthorized trail construction in Federal Magistrate Court on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

At a site south of the Village of Oak Creek, a trail builder piled rocks and shoveled dirt to create more than 10 illegal mountain bike jumps. A team of workers operating in conjection with the U.S. Forest Service will dismantle the jumps and restore the area.Gavigan was originally cited in September for construction of mountain bike jumps on national forest land in the Red Rock Ranger District near his home on Upper Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona.

Gavigan had created the unauthorized trail in a gulch by removing and clearing a large area of native plants and soil to create jumps on steep hill slopes where the incidence of erosion is greatest. The site required extensive restoration and naturalization to prevent further soil erosion into Oak Creek, less than a mile away.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Feb. 13, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

 

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