Man fined for collecting at historic site
A Truckee resident was found guilty last month of disturbing a historic area near Hobart Mills and will have to pay a $250 fine.
The U.S Forest Service received citizens’ complaints about a man reportedly collecting artifacts from the historic Hobart Mills dump area. The Forest Service responded and found Patrick Blide with a collection of artifacts from the dump area, which was in operation from 1867 to 1937.
Blide was found guilty of disturbing the site in a federal court in Sacramento on May 22.
All items 50 years old or older on Forest Service land are considered historic, and are protected under federal law, according to Laura Giovannini, a law enforcement officer with the Sierraville and Truckee ranger districts.
The Forest Service does not mark many historic sites with signs for fear that the signs will promote looting.
No posting is required because the public is presumed to know the activity is prohibited, said Giovannini.
Any “digging in, excavating, disturbing, injuring, destroying, or in any way damaging any pre historic, historic, or archaeological resource, site, artifact or property” is prohibited by federal law.
Citizens interested in preserving historic areas can speak with the local Forest Service office about areas of pre-historic and historic significance, said Giovannini.