Senseless tree ringbarking in Walpole

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Base of red tingle tree, Walpole-Nornalup National Park.
Camera IconBase of red tingle tree, Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Credit: Gail Anthony

Police are searching for those responsible for a senseless act of environmental vandalism in Walpole on the weekend.

Police say a large karri tree was “ringbarked” on North Walpole Road some time on Saturday or Sunday.

Ringbarking is the process of removing a whole ring of bark from a tree, which can be fatal.

Manjimup Shire president Paul Omodei said he was disappointed with the perpetrators.

“This act, whilst dangerous in itself, has now created a dangerous situation for users on an already problematic road,” he said.

“This also jeopardise current and future vegetation clearing permits and road grant funding between the Shire and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.”

Manjimup police are urging anyone with any information to come forward.

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