TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Happening this morning, a cleanup begins on protected national park land hit by vandalism.
Crews met up at 6 a.m. to try and undo graffiti tagging.
The Douglas Spring trail head, at the end of Speedway, is where the cleanup crews gathered.
May 12, was the first time many heard about the graffiti, when Tucson News Now broke the story and showed video of the damage.
Cleanup today will focus on the rocks, water bars and trail signs, but when it comes to the most vulnerable of items tagged, the saguaros it is a different story. These icons of the Sonoran desert are delicate and will not have the paint removed today, as clean up will probably cause more damage than it will fix.
Crews will hike as much as three and a half miles up the trail to fix the damage. These crews include officials from Saguaro National Park and young men and women from the Southwestern Conservation Corps.