Wood poaching: Men charged with slashing old-growth redwood

A suspected redwood tree slasher and burl bandit was arrested after park officials tracked the wood poacher and an accomplice to a Del Norte County shop where they allegedly peddled the purloined lumber.

Danny Garcia, 43, of Orick (Humboldt County) was charged this week with felony grand theft, vandalism and receiving stolen property after the redwood burls he allegedly sold matched the large cuts found in a mutilated old-growth tree in Redwood National and State Parks, in Humboldt County.

His co-conspirator, Larry Morrow, 34, also of Orick, was charged with the same crimes Wednesday, according to Jeff Denny, a Redwoods park ranger. Morrow was already being held in Humboldt County Jail on unrelated charges when he was booked on the burl banditry rap.