Why destroy any of the "lost and found" items left within the Nat'l Park system? They could hold a "friends of the Nat'l Parks" sale annually and use the proceeds for the parks. There must be plenty of good stuff left behind by travellers. I don't get it. At any rate, yes, bushwoman98 is active and excited about the whole BCing concept and I'm happy about that.
After I saw this exchange, I thought maybe someone should suggest that the National Park sell the lost property like the airlines do unclaimed luggage. I sent them an e-mail about it. They sent a response stating that the policy is that unclaimed property is maintained/held for 3 years, then submitted to GSA (General Services Administration) which sells the items and puts the proceeds in a special NPS fund. Either the policy is not being followed at that park, or it is not being communicated correctly to front-line folks like bushwoman98 (she may have been told that the items were collected and destroyed, but they were just being collected for a central location). Makes me feel a little better about books I wild-release in National Parks.