It could be one of the largest Maple wood thefts from Washington State Parks land. Thieves in search of valuable “figured maple” wood cut down 21 Big Leaf Maple trees on undeveloped property in southern Puget Sound. Park Ranger Mischa Cowles discovered the theft Friday on Harstine Island. She says she first noticed a road had been punched through a wall of ferns, Salal, and Huckleberry bushes.
Cowles calls the theft “devastating.” She estimates the trees were 80 to 100 years old. The thieves took just small sections of the “figured maple” and left behind the bulk of the felled trees. The high quality wood is sought after for guitar backs and fine furniture.