Poachers Going After California Redwoods
Rangers say many are addicts looking for quick money
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Mar 7, 2014 3:46 PM CST

(Newser) – Rangers at California's Redwood National and State Park are taking desperate measures to stop poachers from dismembering coastal redwoods to support, among other things, their drug addictions. Rangers say they've had to close areas of the park from sunset to sunrise and increase patrols to prevent criminals, mostly drug users, from poaching the legendary trees. Poachers have been sneaking into the park on ATVs and hacking off redwood burls—large, knotted pieces of wood that protrude from the trees' trunks. The burls are valuable because they're large enough to use in building tables and other pieces of furniture.