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This May 21, 2013 photo provided by the National Park Service shows wildlife biologist Terry Hines standing next to a massive scar where a burl has been cut by poachers from an old growth redwood tree in the Redwood National and State Parks near Klamath, Calif.
The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwood trees, where they send out sprouts.
The poaching has been a problem in Northern California's Redwood National and State Parks for years.
Wendell Wood of the conservation group Oregon Wild says he was out hiking recently and found two redwood trees with burls cut off.
He noted that with few rangers to patrol for poachers, the National Park Service imposed a nighttime closure on a road running by the most recent poaching discovery on the park. A redwood tree can survive a burl being cut off, but the legacy of an organism that could be 1,000 years old is threatened, because the burl is where it sprouts a clone before dying. Poaching has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon, prompting the conservation group Oregon Wild to call on the U.S.
Two men recently were convicted in a case there after rangers tracked slabs cut from a tree by chain saw to a redwood burl shop.
The other was along the Winchuck River on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Brookings, Oregon, in a stand that represents the northernmost reach of coast redwoods.