21 Maples in Washington Park Destroyed
Ranger Mischa Cowles has seen a lot in her 15 years working for Washington's state parks, but until last week she hadn't seen a road suddenly appear cut out of the woods.
She got nervous when she found it, KING-TV, Seattle, reported.
"We're not going to find anything good on the other side of the road, that's exactly what we thought," said Cowles.
What they found was amazing and disturbing. Someone had cut down 21 full grown maple trees within the property of Jarrell Cove State Park in Mason County.
Cowles estimates some of the trees were 100-years-old and 100-feet tall.
"It makes me angry and it makes me sad," said Cowles.
Much of the trees were left behind, chopped up into pieces.
Cowles said it appears the thieves were looking for high quality, two-foot sections of maple to be used to make violins or guitars.
The trees are on a remote part of the 89-acre park on Harstine Island.
Cowles thinks the thieves came onto the property overnight, when the park was closed.