Redwood pouchers

Thieves robbing burl from giant redwoods.

Redwood park closes road to deter burl pouchers

Photo: AP Wildlife biologist Terry Hines standing next to a massive scar on an old growth redwood tree in the Redwood National and State Parks near Klamath, Calif., where poachers have cut off a burl to sell for decorative wood. The park recently took the unusual step of closing at night a 10-mile road through a section of the park to deter thieves

Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

The practice — known as burl poaching — has become so prevalent along the Northern California coast that Redwood National and State Parks on Saturday started closing the popular Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway at night in a desperate attempt to deter thieves.



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Big tip of the hat to Mario.

7 comments on “Redwood pouchers

  1. peppermintfarm says:

    This is really sad about our great redwoods, but this is the kind of thing that happens when people get desperate when there are no jobs and they are trying to survive whatever way they can. I think we’ll see more stories of destruction of things as people turn to anything to survive this horrible economy and this King’s policies that ruin jobs.


    • bullright says:

      Pepp, really good way to put it. I think we will see more stories. Heck, for years now people have been stripping copper from houses. You’re right, now as tragic as that pouching is, if they would care that much about the damage this guy (& co) is doing across the country. It would not be acceptable.


  2. tannngl says:

    What a horrible shame!
    Too many are out of work and too many are using drugs and I can’t believe how states have made pot legal. It all goes together, doesn’t it? Legal drugs, nothing to do, money for doing nothing and trouble.


  3. mdvaden says:

    Surprising they don’t turn to growing weed considering it’s in Humboldt County and the burl poaching seems more risky there. I spotted the burl cuts in Jed Smith to the north a couple months ago, smaller than the photo you reposted. Cheers.


    • bullright says:

      Thanks for the perspective, well weed takes some special knowledge and effort to do and protection. Maybe this seems quicker and easier, (long as there are buyers)

      I’m pretty sure this is one of the worst cases. I bet there are lots of smaller ones and getting more common. It will limit future trees. Authorities seemed to want to get the word out about it, which made me wonder what their strategy is? I guess they want to shame them and rally public outrage I don’t know about that, we’ll see. It’s become like ginseng in other places, a commodity for the harvesting.


    • bullright says:

      That’s an excellent site and information too, thanks.



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