Half the base of this Maple trees has been sawed off to retrieve a burl. Fabeook photo

Half the base of this Maple trees has been sawed off to retrieve a burl. Fabeook photo

Residents angered by chainsaw-wielding poacher cutting burls from Mission woods

Burls are a growth deformity highly sought after in woodworking for their grain complexity

Missionites are angry over illegal-tree poaching along trail routes in the community.

Despite signs warning that wood cutting is prohibited, someone has been taking a chainsaw to the trees to steal burls.

Burls are rounded growth deformities in trees that are highly sought after in woodworking due to their intricate grains.

In one photo posted to social media, an entire tree has been cut down to steal one section of the tree. In another, the half the base of a Maple tree has been sawed off.

The Record has reached to the B.C. Conservation Service for more details on tree poaching in the area.

The province has received over 1,100 complaints about illegal logging, and issued nearly 1,000 violation tickets totalling over $120,000 since 2009.

PHOTOS: At least 17 trees found damaged at park in Harrison Hot Springs

RELATED: More trees being poached from North Cowichan’s forest reserve


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Several trees have been completely cut down just to retrieve a certain section of the tree. Facebook photo.

Several trees have been completely cut down just to retrieve a certain section of the tree. Facebook photo.

Facebook photo.

Facebook photo.

A City of Mission sign prohibiting wood cutting along the trail. Facebook photo.

A City of Mission sign prohibiting wood cutting along the trail. Facebook photo.