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Residents uneasy after vandals chop trees in local Raleigh park

Posted February 19, 2014

— Raleigh Parks and Recreation representatives filed a police report Wednesday with Raleigh Police after residents reported vandalism on small trees in a local park.

Marianne Bradford lives near Fallon Park, just inside the Beltline between Royster Street and Oxford Road, and said she first noticed cuts to the trees last week. So far, she's counted about seven that have been cut in half or in the trunk.

"It's very disturbing for a lot of us who love this park and spend time out here," she said. "It's our park. It's where we live. It's our neighborhood."

Bradford said she noticed cuts to about seven trees over the past week. 

“I think there’s a lot more ways to get your frustration out than on trees,” she said.

Zach Manor is an urban forester for Raleigh Parks and Recreation and said the vandalism was probably done by kids old enough to use a handsaw. 

"From the looks at it, it seems pretty random to me," Manor said. "We're treating it just like a normal vandalism situation."

Manor estimates that the vandalism likely started about a month ago and is happening mostly at night, since the park is well-used during the day.

"Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks – a city in a forest," he said. 


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  • Tim Dean Feb 20, 2014
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    I guess I would be uneasy and afraid if I lived that close to a tree being cut with a ''NOISY CHAINSAW'' in the middle of the night as the picture on the news showed, and no one heard it! DUH!!! ""Here's your sign""

  • Dana McCall Feb 20, 2014
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    Maybe its the dogs protesting these ridiculous leash laws.

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 20, 2014

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    This is how it always starts. Next it will be utility poles. Hope they're caught before it's too late.

  • Super Hans Feb 20, 2014

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    Serial tree chopper. Only a matter of time before he escalates.

  • tsquaring Feb 20, 2014

    freedom of choice. they were too young to raise those trees on their own, so they aborted them.

  • xylem01 Feb 20, 2014

    Uhhhhh..... Super Hans, I know, right? The sky is falling, the sky is falling, someone is cutting trees where we live and in our park and our, our, our....whine, whine, whine....*tosses cheese*.

    And teenagers were not operating power saws in the dark, unsupervised. Oh the horrors..... They were using HANDSAWS.

    Who cares?

  • Billy the Kid Feb 20, 2014

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  • Obamacare rises again Feb 20, 2014

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    Seriously, isn't this how George Washington, one of our founding fathers, got his start?

  • ThomasL Feb 20, 2014

    Funny on the comment its our park,are you paying property taxes and carrying insurance on it and is it in Your name with a deed!They could do worse and spray roundup everywhere!Catch em with some deer cameras,pictures are worth a thousand words.

  • aqualung Feb 20, 2014

    The trees do not belong to whoever's doing this, and teenagers have no business operating power saws, in the dark, unsupervised. These kids could also chop down trees in people's yards, which could fall onto houses.