A Sedona resident in has pled guilty to illegally building a trail on the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.
Tyler Gavigan was originally cited in September 2012 for building mountain bike jumps on national forest land near his home in Sedona.
He reportedly cleared an area of native plants and soil to create the jumps on steep hill slopes. Consequently, the site required extensive rehabilitation to prevent further erosion into nearby Oak Creek. Gavigan will pay restitution of $500 to the U.S. Forest Service.
In the past year, the Forest Service has convicted two other people for unauthorized trail construction on National Forest land near Sedona. The offense could trigger a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail, plus restitution and a ban from use of national forest lands.
Red Rock country contains high densities of archaeological remains and highly sensitive soils prone to erosion. The district asks that anyone who observes unauthorized trail construction to call (928) 203-2900 to report it.