By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: March. 24, 2012
A week after vandals targeted trees at the Coho Park Trail, there are reports of more trees being targeted in and around Squamish. On March.10, Squamish RCMP received a report of trees being cut down on the Coho Park Trail.
Two very large trees were targeted by vandals; one was felled while the other was cut very deeply. The second was unstable due to the damage done and a serious safety concern, Squamish RCMP said.
“The tree felled could have seriously injured or killed the person responsible, the other left in such a state it could have come down causing injury, or worse, to an unsuspecting person,” RCMP said.
On March. 19, RCMP received similar complaint of
trees being targeted in the Ravenwood area behind Cherry Drive in Valleycliffe.
“It appears that the trees may have been cleared unlawfully for trail use and could put persons involved at risk,” Staff. Sgt Guy Pollock said in a press release.
A report was also received of similar actions on the White Rabbit Trail along Hwy 99 north of Alice Lake.
Steve Klassen said the two fir trees at the Coho Park Trail were felled on the side of the major hiking trails.
The two fir trees targeted in Valleycliffe were also cut close to the trail intersection.
“These are big trees, and they could easily have hurt someone,” he said.
“Somebody seems to have got their hand on a chainsaw, and is playing stupid games with the trees and people’s lives.”
A Squamish forestry department official said officials from the compliance and enforcement have visited the site, but have yet to start an official investigation.