Vandals strike more trees at park

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WALLA WALLA — Vandals have struck again, causing $3,000 in damage to trees in Fort Walla Walla Park.

“There is someone out there randomly cutting down trees for no reason and the price tag is growing,” Joane Schille, park maintenance supervisor, said in a email correspondence.

This time, 27 smaller trees were cut in the nature area north of Fort Walla Walla Museum.

Four of the larger trees were valued at $200 each; the remaining trees were smaller and valued at $100 each.

Authorities believe the trees were cut during the weekend and are asking the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

Last month, several large trees were partially cut through their trunks near the Rotary Shelter.

The trees had to be completely felled because they were a hazard to the public. Damage was estimated at about $3,000.

No suspect was identified in that case.

“The individual value of each of the trees in this incident isn’t a lot of money but the accumulative destruction of all these trees along with the ones that this person cut down a few weeks ago at the Rotary Shelter is definitely a concern,” Schille said.

Anyone with information on the tree cuttings should call city-county dispatch at 527-1960.

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