Bright orange racist and anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on three trees sometime after Christmas can still be seen in the woods along the Manhan River in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
The trees are in the 35-acre Edward J. Dwyer Conservation Area. Trash and remnants of paintball have been found over the years at the same picturesque spot, said Marty Klein, director of the Pascommuck Conservation Trust, which maintains the woods and trails.
A few years ago, a security camera was vandalized soon after it was installed. But Klein said he never saw anything like this graffiti before.
"Swastikas, racist words, misogynist symbols. You know, all the bad stuff," Klein said.
Klein said he hoped the bark can be painted without hurting the trees.
While land trust board members were reluctant to give publicity to the perpetrators, Klein said he believes this kind of thing needs to be exposed.
"[You need to] show it to the community and stand up against it. So I put a post on Facebook and there's been a huge outpouring of support and outrage," he said.
Klein recalled another incident of graffiti in nature a couple of years ago, when rocks were painted with racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti nearby on Mount Tom.