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Plants uprooted in Fairview Woods - again

Friends of Fairview members were worried the 400 Nootka Rose plants in Fairview Woods Wetlands City Park would become a battle of wills. Unfortunately, that's what has happened.

Fifty of the plants were once again uprooted sometime between May 16 and 17. The same 50 were uprooted and replanted about a week earlier.

“Last time, probably close to 20 were not salvageable. The second time, they're just too haggard,” said Darren Riordan, president of Friends of Fairview, the volunteer group coordinating the plantings.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: FRIENDS OF FAIRVIEW - Fifty one rose bushes were removed at Fairview Woods recently, after a recent Earth Day effort to plant the flowers.

The plants were placed to create a barrier between the main trails and a spur trail at the nature area accessed from Northeast Bridge and Halsey streets.

The group is now considering moving some rocks nearby to form a more secure barrier.

“There's no point right now replanting,” Riordan said.

No evidence has been found yet to lead to suspects, but the Fairview Police Department has issued a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible.

“We're hopeful someone will come forward with that information and help us solve that particular case, destruction of city property,” said Police Chief Ken Johnson. “It's extremely humiliating the number of resources put down there, people volunteering their time. Hopefully we can solve that case and put an end to it.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 503-674-6200.

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