Man steal burls off trees, gets community service

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 2:13 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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