An 800-year old giant red cedar tree stolen from Vancouver Island

An 800-year old giant red cedar tree stolen from Vancouver Island

Vancouver : Canada | May 18, 2012 at 5:34 AM PDT
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Tree poachers have stolen a huge giant red cedar tree from the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park in Vancouver Island – the tree measured 2.75-meters across and is believed to be 800-years old as revealed from the ring marks on its stump.

This has been reported in dated 17th of May 2012.

Considering the size of the tree, it must have been stolen by persons who had access to sophisticated and heavy equipment.

The steal had been planned meticulously in advance – it seems last year, it was found to have been cut partially by a chainsaw. Since leaving it in that half-cut condition was not safe, the forest officials decided to bring it down totally.

The intention was to allow it to decompose and provide habitat for insects and wildlife to breed in its hollow.

However, the poachers must have been maintaining a close watch because they cut up the trunk into smaller sections and carted them away. Who knows - the wood might have been converted into musical instruments!

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trees in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park
view of Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park
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