Updated with police case number, contact information
A citizen who first reported the damage to numerous trees at Edmonds’ Hutt Park in the Seaview neighborhood last week now believes that at least 100 trees were vandalized by an as-yet-unknown suspect.
Edmonds resident Laura Martin first discovered the damage to about 30 trees last Thursday and reported it to Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis, who lives in the area. Since that time, Martin has discovered an additional 70 or so trees that had been vandalized in the park.
Buckshnis said that Martin’s this latest discovery indicates that the tree slashing “has been going on for quite some time and most damage was off the beaten path. So anyone with small children walking the main path wouldn’t have notice.”
Because some of the trees have wilted leaves, Buckshnis noted, city officials believe the damage is at least a month old.
The smaller trees won’t survive the damage; the only action is to cut down and replant, Buckshnis said. “For the larger trees, they will try to put some sort of paste…to try and heal them.” The oldest tree is estimated to be about 80 years old.
Martin said she believes the vandalism is the work of a local resident who “is very familiar with Hutt Park as this area of the forest is not accessible to the public by a trail and the terrain is covered in ivy, stinging nettles and blackberry bushes. I trekked the makeshift pathways that had recently been traveled to discover this devastating damage.”
The damage was initially estimated at $20,000 but that was prior to the additional trees being found, Buckshnis said. Edmonds police are investigating. If you have information, the case number is 14-3604 and the contact is Officer Moore. The Edmonds Police Department main number is 425-771-0200.