Another case of vandalism to our trees in Pier Park. This is the second time this tree has been damaged. About two months ago, a much smaller section of bark from the lower section was taken off. This time, a larger section was pulled off – see images. The affected tree is the 2nd largest sequoia in the grove. It is located in the far left corner of the grove – as you view the grove from the bridge. The destruction goes 70″ up the tree from its base – it measures 12″ at its widest point.
According to The Woodland Workbook – Forest Protection May, 2003, Oregon State University Extension Service, “it is important to recognize that minor tree wounds (not serious enough to restrict tree growth) might provide entrance points for biotic diseases and/or destructive insects. Disease and insect damage may prove worse than the physical damage …”
Vandalism to our trees are not only destructive, but illegal. City Auditor’s Office Chapter 20.12.100: “No person shall remove, destroy, break, injure, mutilate, or deface in any way in any Park any tree, shrub, fern, plant, flower, or other vegetation without a permit” … Any person convicted of such vandalism will be “punished by a fine of not more than $500, or by imprisonment for a period of not more than 6 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment… ” City Auditor’s Office Chapter 1.01.140