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Update on Floras Lake vandalism in 2011
In the summer of 2011, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff discovered an apparent act of vandalism at Floras Lake State Natural Area, a 1,371 acre state park on the southern Oregon coast in Curry County. The Oregon State Police investigated, and turned their findings over to the Oregon Department of Justice. After months of review, the attorneys working in the Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes unit concluded that they didn't have enough information to pursue prosecution for damage to natural or archaeological resources.

Because the case has been closed, most of the materials collected by the Oregon State Police are now available for public review. Some information has been removed from the files to avoid identifying the exact location of protected resources, to protect the identity of witnesses, and prevent unreasonable invasions of privacy. Some of these documents contain duplicate or blank pages, and handwritten notes.

News release asking for public help (323 K)
Photos of Floras Lake vandalism scenes (holes were dug, then filled in) (15 MB)
State police hardcopy files (42 MB)
Transcript of state police interview with witness (102 K)
State police audio recording with Geoff Garcia, geologist (78 MB)
State police photos of Garcia Consulting business (6 MB)
State police audio recording with Grant Hornbeak, golf course consultant (11 MB)
Emails produced by former Curry County Commissioner George Rhodes (5 MB)
Business files turned over to state police by Geoff Garcia, geologist (10 MB)