800-year-old tree at Vancouver Island park falls to illegal loggers

May 1, 2012

800-year-old tree at Vancouver Island park falls to illegal loggers

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Illegal logging isn’t just ‘over there’ – a world away. It happens right here at home too. MSNBC’s World News (Llanos, 2012) recently featured a story about an 800 year old red cedar that was poached from Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park in British Columbia. Over a considerable time frame, the perps power-sawed their way through 80% of the 9 foot tree base and removed much of the wood before staff noticed and were forced to fell the rest of the tree. But that’s not the end of the story. The poachers returned to the scene of the crime, and carted off the remaining cedar that had been left to decompose naturally. Wilderness committee activists and some opposition politicians are decrying park staffing cuts that may be providing opportunities for illegal logging. Hopefully, it’s not a sign of things to come!

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