Forest Service plans to restore vandalized historic cabin

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 19:09:46-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service officials say they plan to restore a log cabin in west-central Idaho they hoped to get listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- before a vandal caused extensive damage.

Payette National Forest spokesman Brian Harris said Wednesday that Trapper Cabin has been shored from last summer's destruction, and officials hope to use restitution money for restoration work.

Twenty-two-year-old Jason Reed of Boise on Tuesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to destruction of government property. He's agreed to pay $32,000 in restitution.

The cabin, about 22 miles north of McCall, was built in 1936 and initially used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to control predators.

Reed broke windows and used a cable attached to an ATV to pull out logs and cause a partial collapse.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the destruction was an act of vandalism with no anti-government motivation.