Following an investigation, U.S. Department of Interior Inspector General’s Office found that Jim Milestone, the superintendent of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, improperly solicited funds for the Friends of Whiskeytown, a non-profit organization supporting the popular park.
The report claims that Milestone ordered subordinates to work on projects for the non-profit and wore his uniform while soliciting donations from businesses for the non-profit, which are illegal practices. Milestone has been assigned to a non-supervisory role outside the park while administrators mull possible discipline.
After a quick google search, we found a YouTube video of Milestone soliciting support for the YMCA, a local non-profit, while in uniform:
During the investigation, Milestone was also found to have ignored regulations and policies requiring him to consult with Native American tribes over concerns that a planned hiking path would desecrate land sacred to tribes. Investigators also concluded Milestone displayed unprofessional conduct with sexual innuendos and demeaning comments about employees’ looks and using a government vehicle for personal errands.
The Interior Department launched the investigation into Milestone’s actions after a complaint was received last year.
This news comes as a shock to park supporters who have known the hands-on supervisor of the park for the past 17 years. Whiskeytown remains one of the most popular destinations in Northern California, with incredible waterfall hikes and a beautiful lake for swimming and recreation.
Is this a case of government overreach or abuse of power? Let us know in the comments.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine