In talking with Forest Service personnel, it appears to be true. Someone has stolen the Golden Trout Wilderness sign at the Summit Trailhead on the Sequoia National Forest. Thought it may be “funny” or “cool to have” it costs $1,000’s of dollars in tax payers money to replace it. The sign is a high quality weather resistant plastic, which isn’t cheap. That is one part of the cost. The other part is paying personnel salary to order it, time to drive a vehicle up the mountain, wear and tear on the vehicle, gasoline, then install the sign, and return back to the office.
When will the sign get replaced? Nobody knows right now. With budgets tight as they are for the Forest Service, let alone federal agencies, it may be awhile to get that replaced. Money could have been used elsewhere to better the wilderness, but now could go to replace this stolen sign. That is a bummer :(.