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Poachers targeting California's redwoods to feed drug habits
Poachers targeting California's redwoods to feed drug habits
Published March 06, 2014

California's majestic redwood trees are in danger as poachers enter the sunshine state's national parks to steal its wood to sell for furniture.

Rangers at Redwood National and State Park are taking extreme measures to protect the massacre of the national treasures, some of which are thousands of years old.

"It's very disturbing, these trees are priceless," Jeff Bomke, California State Parks Redwood Coast Sector acting superintendent, told Fox News Channel. The poachers are targeting burls, a knotted piece of wood that protrudes from the tree.

Only 5 percent of the remaining old growth redwoods since the time of western settlement still stand, Bomke said. "To see them injured in this way is very disturbing. These trees belong to everyone."

Bomke said the poachers have generally been drug addicts or people with criminal records who look at the trees as an easy and alternative way to support themselves.
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