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Bird lovers suspected in theft of 800 saplings from Washington County

Washington County’s Conservation District held a tree sale this month, but someone apparently didn’t want to pay and made off with 800 bundled saplings.
The trees were stolen from the 4-H building at the county fairgrounds when staff were cleaning

Washington County’s Conservation District held a tree sale this month, but someone apparently didn’t want to pay and made off with 800 bundled saplings.

The trees were stolen from the 4-H building at the county fairgrounds when staff were cleaning up after the sale and left the grounds for a while, says the Oakdale/Lake Elmo Review.

“My hunch is that the tree thief is a bird lover,” wrote Angie Hong, an educator with the East Metro Water Resource Education Program. “Every one of the trees that disappeared Monday morning is known to provide excellent food and habitat for our feathered friends.”

She said bundles of wild plum and high bush cranberry shrubs are also missing.

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Cost of the lost trees is about $400, and officials have no suspects yet.