The increasing vandalism forced the closure of the Wallowa Creek Falls trail, which is on Creating Memories property.

“This place has always been posted with no trespassing signs,” Ken Coreson, Creating Memories founder, said. He also said former adjacent property owner Don Butler told him the same thing.

Coreson recounted people using the insides of one of the cabins to barbecue food, which ruined the walls. A crew sent to do work on one of the buildings found people had set up tents inside. “You know, 99.9 percent of the people are really nice, but you get those few who make it tough for everyone else,” Coreson said.

Between people using drugs, and the type of graffiti sprayed on the walls and other property damage, Coreson said Creating Memories can’t allow unrestricted access for the time being, although he wants to allow public access as soon as possible.

“I guess I’m a hero and a villain. I wear both hats pretty comfortably,” he said.

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