Tree clearing in park draws Anchorage suit

AlaskaDigest

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003

ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage has filed a lawsuit against a Hillside property owner who officials say mowed down spruce, birch and other trees in a municipal park.

The city is trying to collect at least $50,000 in damages from Wayne Dick, who owns 2.5 acres on the eastern boundary of Snowshoe Park, a 5-acre neighborhood park. A civil lawsuit filed last week charges Dick intentionally cut trees and shrubs in about a fifth of an acre of the park. The cut opened a view of Cook Inlet from Dick's property.

Dick declined comment on the suit. Last year, he said he thought he was stripping trees from his own land, mostly beetle-killed spruce.

The city has not released a damage estimate. The $50,000 cited in the lawsuit is the minimum for actual damages.

The city also wants punitive damages up to three times the costs to deter Dick and other people from such behavior.



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