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. 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.

    #65271
  2. 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.

    #66357
  3. 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.

    #66648
  4. 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.

    #66662
  5. 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.

    #67178
  6. 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.

    #67647
  7. Is 300 years old "ancient"?

    #65272
  8. TWEAKERS did this.. check the burl buyers.

    #65281
  9. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #65282
  10. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #65447
  11. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #66358
  12. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #66649
  13. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #66663
  14. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #67179
  15. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    Everyone is outraged, yet nothing was ever done to the huge logging companies that stole thousands of these trees from us and future generations. And they made billions.

    #67648
  16. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #65283
  17. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #65448
  18. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #66359
  19. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #66650
  20. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #66664
  21. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #67180
  22. I think that when the thieves are caught they should have their burls cut off. It's disgusting what people will do for money.

    #67649
  23. I knew that tree—really!

    #65286
  24. I knew that tree—really!

    #65453
  25. I knew that tree—really!

    #66364
  26. I knew that tree—really!

    #66655
  27. I knew that tree—really!

    #66669
  28. I knew that tree—really!

    #67185
  29. I knew that tree—really!

    #67654
  30. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #65287
  31. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #65449
  32. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #66360
  33. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #66651
  34. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #66665
  35. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #67181
  36. Linda Shishino-Cruz

    can you use DNA testing on a tree to find the burl? Is there a reward fund?

    #67650
  37. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #65288
  38. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #65454
  39. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #66365
  40. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #66656
  41. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #66670
  42. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #67186
  43. Kevin Hoover

    Not only that, but we the taxpayers paid for the restoration of the watershed in Redwood National Park, including removal of the roads, after the logging companies harvested right down to the stream bed.

    #67655
  44. Hugh Dik

    I'd call the nine one one dispather on anyone anymore even my Mom. For Five hundred bucks I'd rat my boss off.

    #65290
  45. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    and we will pay for the Klamath river restoration as well. The power companies made more billions from the dams, but are leaving their filthy mess for us to clean up. Shameful they're getting away with it

    #65322
  46. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    and we will pay for the Klamath river restoration as well. The power companies made more billions from the dams, but are leaving their filthy mess for us to clean up. Shameful they're getting away with it

    #65455
  47. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    and we will pay for the Klamath river restoration as well. The power companies made more billions from the dams, but are leaving their filthy mess for us to clean up. Shameful they're getting away with it

    #66366
  48. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    and we will pay for the Klamath river restoration as well. The power companies made more billions from the dams, but are leaving their filthy mess for us to clean up. Shameful they're getting away with it

    #66657
  49. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    and we will pay for the Klamath river restoration as well. The power companies made more billions from the dams, but are leaving their filthy mess for us to clean up. Shameful they're getting away with it

    #66671
  50. Kathleen Flanagan Kresa

    and we will pay for the Klamath river restoration as well. The power companies made more billions from the dams, but are leaving their filthy mess for us to clean up. Shameful they're getting away with it

    #67187

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