Poach Again

Redwood Tree recently a victim of poaching, photo credit National Park Service and KQED.org

Redwood Tree recently a victim of poaching, photo credit National Park Service and KQED.org

We have all heard about poaching of elephant horns, rhino horns, shark’s fins, to the detriment of the population of these living creatures.  I heard from NPR the other day yet another travesty:  Redwood Burl Poaching!

California Park officials were interviewed recently over the increasing frequency of poachers who steel into the night and drive into our state parks. They hack into these centuries’ old redwood trees that many of us have fought for years to save and preserve.  And for what? To make a fast buck? Sell it to some furniture maker for ornamental furniture or some trinket manufacturer for some California souvenir?

So now, not only should we now ask where our produce is from (carbon footprint issues) or where our fish is fished (dolfin-free) or where the cacao beans of our chocolate bars were harvested (child labor issues), we now should ask if the furniture we are buying is from poached redwoods!

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11 Responses to Poach Again

  1. vastlycurious.com says:

    I have never heard of this and it makes me soooo sad. I am a tree hugger !

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  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The selfishness of some people! this is hideous.

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  3. Take, take, take. So infrequently do human beings give. Karma brings matters full circle.

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  4. auntyuta says:

    “California Park officials were interviewed recently over the increasing frequency of poachers who steel into the night and drive into our state parks. . . . . ”
    I am surprised that it should be possible to steel into the night and drive into state parks.
    Are you saying that these people can cut down a huge tree like this and transport it out of the park no questions asked by anyone? It must be possible to confront these people and convict them. The fines for such a crime should be enormous!

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    • likeitiz says:

      Our state parks and open space preserves are not really fenced in and some of them have their vehicle access roads open even at night. The park rangers have begun to close off entrances by nightfall but people probably still drive in using vehicles that can be driven off the road. It’s all too disgusting. We should clamp down on the users to decrease the demand for them. That would be a good approach on the other end of the entire process.

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      • auntyuta says:

        I still think it would be more efficient to prevent the cutting down in the first place. It must be possible to guard the entrances. Sure, this would cost a bit of money. However in my view this would be money well spent.
        And as I said, if you cannot catch them driving in, you may catch them driving out. The the fine should be as high as to be really hurting plus the precious wood should be confiscated. I think you’ll never be able to totally decrease the demand for it.
        A scheme like this would of course require that absolutely all bush-rangers and authorities responsible for the parks are in no way corrupt or gullible.

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      • likeitiz says:

        Tackling it from both ends will be more effective. We bloggers talking about it, sharing it, calling attention to it, will create more awareness. I am all for shaming the people who benefit from this financially.

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