Michael Hufhand and Jed Kidwell, both 54, are facing a novel criminal charge: creating and maintaining an illegal bike trial in a state park. The two men were specifically charged with criminal mischief and trespassing for their bike trial in the Fort Harrison State Park.
State officials alleged that security cameras captured the two men spraying herbicide in the Chinquapin Rookery Nature Preserve. They executed search warrants for two Facebook accounts of Hufhand, including a site for the “Fort Harrison Mountain Bikers.”
The officials show how the men destroyed the soil and plants of the preserve for their bike path — damage that will be very difficult reverse and will reportedly cause $50,000 to address.
As probably would not surprise members of this blog given my love for hiking, I have no sympathy for these men if they are guilty and view the charges as an important development in defending our natural areas. Anyone who would go into a park to spray herbicide deserves a jail stint. An actual sentence to jail may be unlikely for these crimes but such a sentence would in my view serve the public interest.
Do you think the men should be sentenced to jail time?