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Maps provide little insight to Monte Sano tree mystery

It is not clear whether the chopped trees lay on state or private property. It is not clear whether the chopped trees lay on state or private property.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

State park managers looking into the chopping down of dozens of trees at Monte Sano have hit a snag: they are not sure whose trees they are. Official maps show inconsistencies, and aren't able to currently make an accurate determination of who the property belongs to. Officials said that's why they're not rushing to make a decision.

State and Monte Sano Park management spent Wednesday morning surveying the property. They are using multiple maps to get an accurate reading on where the property line sits, however that line changes depending on which map you look at.

Park management also said they are still trying to determine who cut down the trees on the Tollgate trail. Because so many large trees are blocking the trail, the park management has decided to temporarily close the trail while they look into everything.

"We don't want to make any judgement today. We want to be as thorough as possible. That's why we want to consult with our engineering and some of our survey crew and make sure we get the facts before we make any decision," said Assistant Operations Chief Tim Whitehead.

One big question remains: if these trees were cut on state park land, what ramifications could the culprit face? It is illegal to cut trees down if they're on state land. Officials said each tree has a dollar value tied to it, should these indeed be state property.

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