Thieves Destroy Ancient Redwood For One Hunk Of Burl

Friday, April 5, 2013
The slaughtered old growth redwood. USFS photos.

The slaughtered old growth redwood. USFS photos.

U.S. Forest Service Press Release

Thieves Stealing National Heritage

CRESCENT CITY – Sometime during the night and early morning of March 16 to March 17, 2013, a large old-growth redwood tree was cut down illegally at Redwood National and State Parks in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park unit.

photo (3)Most Americans would be appalled to learn that a part of their national or state heritage had been stolen, whether a piece of the Statue of Liberty’s crown, gravestones from Gettysburg Battlefield, or a painting from a California mission.  Yet this very thing is happening right in our backyard. The destroyed tree was approximately 300 years old and healthy before it was cut—destined to live 2,000 years. It appears that the tree was cut down in order to get to a large burl which was 50 feet up in the tree. Once the tree was down, the burl was cut off and hauled away.

Like the Statue of Liberty and Gettysburg Battlefield, the redwood forest is a national and state park belonging to all the people of the United States and California. Each time a piece of the park is stolen—whether a burl, a tree, or an archeological artifact—the thieves are stealing directly from the people of the United States and from our national legacy to the future.

Of the approximately 2.5 million acres of old-growth redwood forest that existed in the last few centuries, only four percent remains, half of which is in Redwood National and State Parks.  The remaining forest is cherished by people around the world. In fact, Redwood National and State Parks were designated a World Heritage site in 1982.  Not only is damaging and stealing any part of this heritage taking from our future generations, it is a criminal offense punishable by fine and incarceration.

photo (1)Anyone having information regarding this crime please contact Ranger Danielle Westberg at (707) 465-7345.   A reward of $500 is offered for information which directly leads to the arrest of the offenders.

 

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104 Responses to “Thieves Destroy Ancient Redwood For One Hunk Of Burl”

  1. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #65442
  2. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #65262
  3. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #66353
  4. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #66644
  5. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #66658
  6. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #67174
  7. The burl was worth maybe 15-20 Thousand, possibly more…until we get folks away from the "oh that is so cool to own a burl table or carved thing" it will continue! This even bothers my husband that is a logger! It is not ok, and so I hope they are found!

    #67643
  8. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #65443
  9. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #65263
  10. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #66354
  11. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #66645
  12. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #66659
  13. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #67175
  14. Greed. It is killing us and killing this planet.

    #67644
  15. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #65444
  16. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #65266
  17. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #66355
  18. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #66646
  19. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #66660
  20. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #67176
  21. This is why I hate everyone (equally, I do not discriminate).

    #67645
  22. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #65267
  23. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #65450
  24. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #66361
  25. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #66652
  26. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #66666
  27. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #67182
  28. Joslyn Nelson

    Be one with your hate.

    #67651
  29. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #65268
  30. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #65451
  31. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #66362
  32. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #66653
  33. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #66667
  34. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #67183
  35. Joslyn Nelson

    I also feel the same way.

    #67652
  36. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #65269
  37. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #65452
  38. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #66363
  39. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #66654
  40. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #66668
  41. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #67184
  42. Michelle Nevers-Grow

    If they are caught they should cut a piece or two off the A**H****

    #67653
  43. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #65445
  44. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #65270
  45. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #66356
  46. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #66647
  47. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #66661
  48. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #67177
  49. Cody Turnbaugh

    Um, this hurts so bad that my subconscious actually read "punishable by incineration" rather than 'incarceration'. I am actually pretty ok with that, and am thinking it is probably the most pertinant punishment in cases like this.

    #67646
  50. Kathy Rusin-East

    This just makes me sick. Those who have felt the life force of the forest, the life force of our planet, truly know their creator and their spirit. I feel sorry for those who cannot feel the peace and the power when they stand in the presence of a living being as great as the giant redwoods, and instead feel they need to destroy it to obtain what they think will make them happy.

    #65446

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