17 Apr 2014

Timber Thieves Threaten California’s Redwood Giants

Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood TreesYou’ve probably heard of poachers targeting tortoises and rhinos, but the latest poaching threat in North America doesn’t involve an animal. Poachers have been sneaking into California’s ancient redwood forests and cutting away burls and bunions (types of knotty growths) from live and fallen trees. 

This type of wood fetches a nice price on the market because it is becoming increasingly rare, but removing burls can be incredibly damaging to the ancient trees and the local environment.

Read article and in NYT

That even arts and crafts people are falling for this hideous illegal practices is sickening. Where is this world going to? Is it really all about the $?  

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