Police investigate after nearly 50 trees vandalized at Langara Golf Course

Jan 30 2019, 9:35 pm

The Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Police are investigating after nearly 50 trees were vandalized at Langara Golf Course.

In a release, the Park Board said that a variety of juvenile trees — including Sequoia, West Coast Cedar, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, and Alder — had their tops cut off.

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“The trees, which provide protection from errant golf balls to people walking the trails at Langara, as well as shade and habitat for birds and animals, are unlikely to recover from the damage and will have to be replaced,” said the Park Board.

Most of the vandalism occurred within the last four weeks. It is believed the vandalism occurred at night as the golf course is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

The Park Board is also investigating two other vandalism cases involving trees at Spanish Banks and damaged grass at Vanier Park.

Intentionally damaging trees is a Park Board bylaw offence and the board says it “intends to seek stiff penalties for whoever is found responsible.”

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or saw someone with a saw is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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