Vandalized trees at Langara Golf Course believed unlikely to survive attack by vandals
The Vancouver park board says up to 50 trees vandalized at Langara Golf Course are unlikely to recover.
The juveniles trees — a variety of species including sequoia, west coast cedar, Douglas fir, Fraser fir and alder — had their tops sawed off by vandals over the past four weeks.
Vancouver police are investigating.
The city believes the vandalism occurred as the municipal golf course is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
The park board says that the trees provide protection from errant golf balls to people walking the trails at Langara, as well as serving as shade and habitat for birds and small animals. “Damaging trees intentionally is a park board bylaw offence,” the park board said in a news release.
“The board intends to seek stiff penalties for whoever is found responsible,” it continued.
Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or saw someone with a saw is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.