Attention all Geocachers...
There is something sinister happening out in the woods these days... There are big old maple trees being chopped down in our Lower Mainland Parks and forests by greedy mutts aligned with the luthier industry. People are heading out into the forests looking for nice patterns in maple and other hard woods. They injure and destroy trees just to find likely candidates for a nice looking pattern in a guitar or other stringed instrument, and in some cases chop down an entire tree just to access a small bit of wood. You may have heard about this happening out in the Valley, but it has now started to occur in Burnaby. I was out working on Scruffster's SSIM series and found a victim of this activity, and was much dismayed. What once stood as a tall, mature and majestic, broad leafed maple, covered in moss and littered with ferns tracking up the trunk and branches, lay silent and lifeless on the ground, fresh wood chips at it's grave (gonna have to call for a service to mourn this loss).
These poachers apparently start by "tagging" trees to find out what the wood looks like. They remove a portion of moss, a section of outer bark, and look at the cambium underneath to see what the grains are like. They are looking for highly prized patterns in the bark, expose the trees to disease and death by removing the bark, and then chop down the chosen trees for only a small section of wood. Bunch of sad sacks...
Anyways, if you come across anything that looks like this in your travels, please report these finds and the waypoint locations to Parks/police/RCMP, and maybe they'll catch someone in the act. Keep safe if you find someone in the act, and report the drivers licence plate number to the Authorities.