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ARD crews replace vandalized trees

Tree stakes burned in barbeques
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn Recreation and Parks District facilities and grounds crews have replaced 15 trees that were destroyed by vandals at Regional Park in the past couple of weeks. Along with the destroyed young trees, the vandals took 60 rubber tree ties and 30 tree stakes, which they burned for firewood, said Kahl Muscott, district administrator. Auburn Recreation and Parks District staff says the crime cost the district about $500 in labor. Some avid park-goers say they noticed the disturbance, while others say they haven’t noticed anything unusual about the trees in recent weeks. “We forwarded it to authorities. We think some of it was just juvenile destruction, if that’s what you want to call it, and the other part, we don’t know any reason to do that other than keeping warm at night,” said Pat Shane, Auburn Recreation and Parks District facilities and grounds supervisor. Shane said some of the trees were ripped in half, while others were thrown into the pond. “It costs the district money. It cost the man hours and the labor, probably about $500,” Shane said. Muscott said in a weekly report that the firewood was burned in the park’s barbeques. “Individuals or (an) individual have been ripping out the tree stakes and using them for firewood in the barbecues,” Muscott said. Jason Valdez, of Auburn, walks his dog Roxy at Regional Park often. He said he hasn’t spotted any acts or effects of vandalism. “I haven’t seen anything,” Valdez said. “This is a really nice area.” Lisa Baringer walks in the park with her daughter Tabatha twice a week. She said she pays close attention to detail and noticed one tree that did look damaged Thursday. “I was just looking at a tree that looked funny. It looked like someone cut the top off of it. I thought, ‘Why would an arborist do that?” Baringer said. “I watch a lot of Monk and Sherlock Holmes.” Karen Connolly, of Foresthill, said she hasn’t been to Regional Park for awhile, but she has heard of people stealing plants before. “My mom lives out in Clearlake,” Connolly said. “They had planted a nice little herb garden up in front and someone came in the middle of the night and dug up all the herbs and took them.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.