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Trees are stripped for medicinal bark - Yahoo! News

Trees are stripped for medicinal bark - Yahoo! News

By SAMIRA JAFARI, Associated Press Writer

DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST, Ky.- The 20-foot tree stands half naked, much of the bark stripped from it's trunk. It has only months to live. "It doesn't know it's dead," says the U.S Forestry Service botanist David Taylor, pointing to the healthy leaves overhead.

The slippery elm has fallen victim to thieves who tore off it's bark for profit in the lucrative and burgeoning herbal-remedy market.
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Wow, this is really sad that this is being done to our forests and I can't imagine the level of frustration the forestry workers must feel. I know I feel like knocking people upside the head when I see that some small plant has been torn from my garden or see a bloom is missing.

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