AVA, Mo. -- Vandals have damaged a number of recreation sites in the Mark Twain National Forest.
According to a news release from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, vandalism occurred in Barry, Christian, Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Stone and Taney counties.
The most recent case was a damaged bulletin board at Camp Ridge Campground near Chadwick in Christian County.
In Douglas County at the Noblett Lake Recreation Area, someone stole the locking mechanism for the dam controls, picnic tables have been painted with graffiti, grills have been damaged and water lines broken.
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri.