By Courtland Milloy,
I hope the law catches up with the District’s rampaging tree gouger. A suspect was arrested last month and charged with carving up more than 100 trees. But he was subsequently released pending a court date and now seems to have vanished.
Why were holes and circles cut into so many trees? And why, in this tree-loving city, did it take so long for anyone to notice?
“Everywhere we went, there was more and more damage,” Earl Eutsler, a supervisor with the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration, said Friday. He and a team of foresters recently completed a tree-damage assessment in three neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the defacement: Shaw, Bloomingdale and Logan Circle.
Eutsler said the carvings were found on more than 750 trees, far more than originally thought when the defacements were first reported in March.