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Trees intentionally vandalized in Vancouver's Spanish Banks


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 2:36 PM - You can see what's left of tree limbs around Vancouver's Spanish Banks, after eight trees in the area were intentionally vandalized.

The tops off the trees were cut off, stunting their growth.

Vancouver parks board and Recreation and the Vancouver Police Department are trying to figure out who is responsible.

"A harm to one is a harm to everyone on public land," says Stuart Mackinnon, the commissioner of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

"I cannot tell you how upset and saddened we all are that someone would take it upon themselves to come and vandalize our trees and our forest cover."

The trees in this area aren't just aesthetically pleasing. They also provide homes for birds and shade for beach goers.


TREES WILL 'NEVER RECOVER'

Director of parks Howard Normann told the CBC some of the vandalized trees will never recover.

He said "anywhere from 24 inches to six or seven feet," were sawed off the tops of the trees.

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"But the issue is that these trees are now damaged and will never grow to be mature trees."

Normann called some of the targeted trees "very tall", meaning it would have taken significant effort to reach their peaks.

Intentional vandalism is a criminal offence. Mackinnon says the incident has been handed over to the police.

Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800 -222 8477.

With files from Mia Gordon.

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