November 1, 2019 – This morning a Prescott National Forest employee was patrolling the Prescott Basin and made a surprising discovery; a missing boulder had been returned. The boulder commonly referred to as the “Wizard Rock” by many local residents was reported missing to the Prescott National Forest several weeks ago. The Wizard Rock was a large 1 ton beautiful black boulder with white quartz running through it and special to the community.
“We are thrilled the Wizard Rock was returned, and are grateful that whoever took it was conscientious enough to give it back to the public" said Sarah Clawson, district ranger for the Bradshaw Ranger District. "National Forests provide so many benefits to the American people, and when something like this happens, it highlights the intrinsic value of natural beauty in all its forms.”
Forest managers are considering moving the Wizard Rock to a new location, where its beauty and uniqueness can be more easily seen by visitors.
Permits are required to gather and remove most forest products. This includes rocks and minerals, firewood, plant and trees. Permits can be obtained at any Prescott National Forest district office. For more information on permits, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:
· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Twitter: @PrescottNF
· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/
· Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121