Arrest Made in Redwood Poaching Investigation

The suspect is charged with carving burls out of the iconic old-growth trees.

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National Park Service officials announced Wednesday that they have arrested a suspect in connection with last year’s tree poaching in California’s Redwood National Park.

In a statement, the NPS said that Danny E. Garcia of Orick, CA, will be charged with felony grand theft along with two other counts of vandalism. A second suspect, who was not named in the release, may also face related charges.

In April 2013, several large knob-like growths, known as burls, were forcibly cut from the trunks of the park’s iconic old-growth redwood trees. Stolen burls are commonly sold into the lucrative custom furniture market, where they can fetch several thousand dollars apiece. Park rangers eventually tracked the stolen timber to a California retail shop:

Felony grand theft carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

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