Two face jail for poaching maple trees in Olympic NP; intended for musical instruments
For many luthiers, maple is a good wood for the back and sides of violins and guitars, but not so much for the all important soundboard, as it doesn't add much to the sound eminating from the strings. Still, maple from the Pacific Northwest is much in demand for the "music wood" industry. And the lure of bigleaf maple from Olympic National Park was too tempting for two men now facing prison time.
It was back in November 2013 when someone contacted park rangers to say they heard chainsaws in the Elwha area of the park after dark, and people in the woods wearing headlamps. A park ranger visited the area in the daylight and found that some trees had been cut down.