Redwoods are dying at the hands of tweakers for a couple thousand bucks.
My “Damn!” made Ellie B, aka Dogamous Pyle, jump at the story that closed the NBC nightly news two weeks ago, words and pictures that put a furrow in the brow of host Brian Williams as he related this ugly story.
Williams said somebody is hacking into the Giant Redwoods of California with chainsaws, cutting out the burled sections, which are fancied for their intricate grain patterns.
Those are being sold for thousands of dollars, Williams said.
Some of the poachers are said to be meth addicts.
One tree is dead and many others have been permanently harmed.
An online report a whole year earlier quoted the U.S. Forest Service as saying one entire tree was cut down for its burl, a 300-year-old Giant Redwood in a forest where the trees are expected to live 2,000 years. The report said the burl the poachers then cut out was 50 feet above the ground.
In acres of forest, these stinking thieves have plenty of natural cover.
Without a doubt, forest rangers will have their eyes and ears on high alert.
Hopefully citizens will report anybody carving into the Giant Redwoods, too.
This is like cracking off the Statue of Liberty’s arm one night to sell it for scrap metal.
Maybe the U.S. Forest Service should put up posters around the Giant Redwoods that warn:
“Anybody caught carving into the Giant Redwoods will have a section of their mid-section flesh carved out in the ranger station, to be sold to art lovers who appreciate yellow bellies.”
Here’s the site for the photo at top right and report from the U.S. Forest Service.
Here’s the site for the photo immediately above and text of Williams’ news story on May 7.
What do you think is a suitable penalty for carving up the Giant Redwoods? What would you say if you saw somebody selling or buying a redwood burl? Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting the redwood forest?