With Gold Rush ruins now visible at Folsom Lake, rangers remind public to leave them alone

Now, Rangers Park for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is warning people to leave their historic belongings alone or face fines of up to $ 250,000.

“With historically low water levels that have been exacerbated by the impacts of climate change and devastation once belonging to past communities and cultures in the area they are now appearing along the lakebed,” a Folsom Lake Facebook post li. “Please help protect historic Folsom Lake sites by touching, removing, or destroying any artifacts or ruins that you may come across.”

Some of the sites that are currently visible include Mormon Island, Salmon Falls and Red Bank.

The Rangers insist that if you wish to explore these areas, “keep in mind that these historic city sites have matters of historical and archaeological importance.” They said “disturbing can ruin our ability to tell stories in these areas.”

The Rangers also remind the public that these ruined descendants are “still alive today and we owe them respect not by destroying their family history.”

Removal or manipulation of archaeological sites violates state and federal laws, guards added. Offenses are punishable by imprisonment and up to $ 250,000 in fines under the Archaeological Resource Conservation Act.

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