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Vandals tearing up new plantings in Tacoma park

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:46 am |
October 24, 2011 11:59 am

Someone is vandalizing an environmental rehabilitation project at Tacoma’s Garfield Park, Metro Parks Tacoma reported today.

Volunteers have been working to tear out invasive plant species and replace them with native vegetation in a gulch adjacent to the park for the better part of seven years, the agency said in a news release.

This month, someone has uprooted seedlings and other small plants planted by the volunteers.

“We are finally seeing the fruits of our labor – an established native landscape,” volunteer Rob Girvin said after seeing the destruction. “That is what is at risk.”

Parks officials asked anyone with information on the vandals to call 911.

“We’re asking all neighbors and those who hike the trails in Garfield Gulch to be on the lookout for the vandals who are undermining this vital restoration work,” said Joe Brady, natural resources manager for Metro Parks.

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