Magazine article American Forests

Man Faces 35 Years in Tree Cuttings

Magazine article American Forests

Man Faces 35 Years in Tree Cuttings

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A jury in November convicted a Nevada man for destroying some $250,000 worth of mesquite and Texas honey trees; he faces up to 35 years in prison.

Douglas Hoffman of Henderson had told a homeowners' committee that the greenery was blocking his view of the Las Vegas Strip, the Tribune Newspapers said. The more than 500 trees he cut or severed enough so they would die were near an upscale retirement community just south of Las Vegas where he and his wife lived.

The community was a new one when they moved in and their back deck had a view of the nearby peaks and the Strip. But when the trees grew too tall to maintain the view, the Hoffmans asked to put in shrubs instead. They were told no.

A couple years later 60 nearby trees were topped; the homeowners' association assumed it was "a fluke thing, maybe teenagers," a spokeswoman for the developer told the Tribune Newspapers. Over the next year more trees came down. The developer hired a private security firm and the community association offered a $10,000 reward.

In November William Edwards was driving home after midnight and noticed a freshly cut tree and someone disappearing into the dark. …

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