- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - More than 125 trees recently planted by volunteers along Amazon Creek in Eugene have been ripped out of the ground and thrown into the water by vandals.

The Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/zgHVhh ) that city employees noticed the destruction Tuesday, just two weeks after volunteers planted the trees in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Eugene parks official Ryan Turner says staff had checked the 190 newly planted trees and found that 127 were yanked and thrown into the creek.

The planted trees were small and had been transplanted from one-gallon size containers. They included four native species, Oregon white oak, Willamette Valley ponderosa pine, Oregon ash and hawthorne.

Turner says he isn’t sure whether the trees will be replanted.

In 2014, vandals destroyed another tree project at the same location.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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