Van­dal­ized trees at Lan­gara Golf Course be­lieved un­likely to sur­vive at­tack by van­dals

The Province - - NEWS - SCOTT BROWN

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.

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