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Redwood Thieves: Poaching Doesn’t Just Affect Game Animals

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Poaching doesn’t just impact the populations and management efforts of game animals.

If we aren’t careful, poaching could lead to the demise of some of America’s greatest treasures. And we aren’t just talking about bison, bears or endangered wolves.

According to a recent CNN article, tree poaching is becoming a problem with California’s famed Redwood National Forest.

People are allegedly cutting large chunks out of the bottom of the champion trees, which are over 2,000 years old and the tallest in the world.

The chunks, called burls, are the lumpy features that extend from the tree base. They are being extracted in overnight thefts and sold for thousands of dollars for building furniture, bowls and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

The worst part is that the burls are essential for the trees’ survival, and though the protection of them is something forest rangers and officials take very seriously, there may be few initial answers to the problem.

According to the CNN piece, stealing the burls is identified as a crime, and the size determines whether it is viewed as a misdemeanor or felony.

Have you ever seen the redwoods in California?

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Redwood Thieves: Poaching Doesn’t Just Affect Game Animals