106-year-old cedar illegally cut down in park near Darrington

The tree fell on other trees and became perched over a road that leads through a campground.

This 106-year-old cedar tree was illegally cut down near Darrington. (Snohomish County Parks and Recreation)

This 106-year-old cedar tree was illegally cut down near Darrington. (Snohomish County Parks and Recreation)

DARRINGTON — A 106-year-old cedar tree was illegally cut down near Darrington over the weekend.

The tree previously stood in Squire Creek Park, just west of town. Someone chopped it down sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, said Tom Teigen, director of Snohomish County Parks and Recreation.

The tree fell on to other trees and became perched over a road that leads through a campground, causing safety concerns. A handful of park rangers and maintenance workers were called out to take down the tree. The wood is expected to be used for other purposes at the park, Teigen said.

Based on the way the tree was cut, it appeared the person had little experience chopping down trees, according to a social media post by the parks department.

“Someone will most likely talk about this at some point,” Teigen said. “We generally find out who was involved in this type of activity.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Parks Department at 425-388-6600.

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