CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Bureau of Land Management is at the center of controversy again in Nevada. This time, its not a cattle rancher, but a Carson City recreation spot that is at the center.
Prison Hill Recreation Center sits behind the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. It spans an area from Fifth Street on the north side, all the way to the Carson River.
It is an area currently managed by the BLM. However, the site is scheduled to be transferred to Carson City at some point. For now, neighbors surrounding the site are frustrated over what they say are the BLM's non-enforcement of issues plaguing the area.
Neighbors say there is lots of illegal dumping. "Another thing you can find around here, there are plenty of spray paint cans," said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. "People will take these up into the hills where they'll deface the rocks."
While there are lots of dirt roads in the area, motorized vehicles are not allowed on the north end of the site. They are only allowed in the south end.
Furlong agreed to help with enforcement, following last week's meeting of the city's Open Space Committee. "The sheriff's office is going to pick up some of the slack, Parks and Recreation and Open Space is going to pick up some of the slack."
Furlong said the first thing that will be addressed is putting up signs indicating where motorized vehicles will be allowed. "It's difficult for me to understand why I can't drive here if there's a road right here and I see other people."
He plans to have patrols out to educate those driving in unauthorized areas, but the graffiti clean-up will be harder. "We do have graffitti crews that work, but they are predominately inmate crews, and sending them up into what you might want to call rugged area, the chances of injury can be pretty high."
One thing his patrols will not tolerate is illegal dumping. "For those who choose to dump up here, I've told our patrol division there won't be any slack."
The BLM and Forest Service provide the Carson Sheriff's Office with around $12,000 per year for cooperative enforcement. The Carson Board of Supervisors may take this issue up with BLM officials at its next meeting.