Man to do community service for redwood poaching

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Updated: 6/20 1:01 pm

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to 700 hours of community service and ordered to pay back $11,000 following his conviction on charges he poached a knobby growth known as a burl from a redwood tree in the Redwood National and State Parks.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that Danny E. Garcia, of Orick, also received a one-year suspended sentence on Thursday in Humboldt County Superior Court.

He was one of two people convicted of felony vandalism after rangers tracked slabs cut from a redwood south of the Klamath River to a shop in Del Norte County. A researcher had found several large burls missing from the tree in April 2013.

Park rangers say the poaching has been going on for years due to high unemployment and drug addiction.


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Nevada - 6/21/2014 10:30 AM
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There is a problem with Meth and Crack in this area. These idiots stole from all of us. This guy will never pay the $11,000. He belongs on a roadside trash crew until the tree heals itself (about 1,000 years).
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