A Callander resident says she feels “violated” after a tree she planted nearly 17 years ago outside her home was mysteriously cut down.
Crystal Wright says she was spending time at her home with her sister over the Easter weekend when she discovered Sunday evening that the tree behind her house was gone.
Even though the tree was planted just beyond her property line on municipal green space, she never received a complaint from the municipality or her neighbours about its location, says Wright, who recently sold her home and plans to move to North Bay in June.
“It’s hard enough for me to leave here after 17 years, and for somebody to come and do that” makes it worse, she says.
The base of the tree was covered in what appeared to be sawdust and Wright believes someone used a chainsaw to cut it down, although she isn’t sure exactly when that would have happened.
Wright says she heard chainsaws and quads on and off throughout the day Sunday, although that isn’t unusual in the neighbourhood.
With the help of a neighbour, she eventually found what Wright believes are the remains of the tree in a nearby forested area and wetland.
On Tuesday, Wright took to Facebook to share her experience, saying the tree “provided oxygen, shade and privacy.
“The total lack of disregard for Mother Nature and the highly intrusive act should be brought to the Osprey Links residents who also take great pride in the wonders of this area,” she wrote.
“Shame on those who did this. Loose lips sinks ships and someone knows what happened.”
Wright says she called the municipality and reported the incident to Callander’s bylaw enforcement officer.
The Nugget left voicemail messages for the officer, but did not receive a call back before press time.
As for why someone would cut down the tree, Wright says she isn’t aware of any vendettas against her.
“But I can’t really say that I don’t, because look at what happened.”