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Pickers Damage Huckleberry Plants

The huckleberry bush, the most revered shrub in the Inland Northwest, is getting less respect as berry pickers succumb to greed. Practices are getting so bad, the Forest Service has issued a media release warning that recently observed practices — such as CUTTING OFF A BUSH SO BERRIES COULD BE MORE EASILY PICKED — are against the law and punishable by a fine of up to $5,000. My god. It's safe to say most huckleberry plant abusers aren't among the families returning to their favorite huckleberry hot spots generation after generation.  None of these people wants to damage plants and reduce the harvest of future years. However, many people may not realize the senseless and improper use of rake-like huckleberry pickers also damages the berry bushes/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here.

Question: What would be an appropriate penalty for someone intentionally damaging a huckleberry bush? (Feel free to use your imagination.)


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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