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Jeffrey Walter and his wife Jonetta Nordberg-Walter have been fined for digging up and burying dozens of protected Joshua trees to make room for a home they were building, officials said.
A couple of San Bernardino County has been ordered to pay $18,000 as part of a diversion agreement — the terms they must fulfill in order to have the 36 misdemeanor counts — one for each uprooted tree — against them dismissed.
His age is unclear.
Digging Up And Burying Joshua Trees
On Feb. 11, a Morongo Basin resident saw two people “uprooting Joshua trees to make way for a single-family home,” Foy said, according to the Hi-Desert Star. The couple buried the trees on their property, according to Foy.
The neighbor warned the couple that the trees couldn’t be removed but the couple thought that it was legal because they were small and “under a certain diameter,” said Douglas Poston, supervising deputy district attorney with the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“But that’s not accurate, obviously,” Poston said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a foot tall or 20 feet tall, it’s under that protection.”
Foy said a state wildlife officer arrived and 36 Joshua trees were already buried in a “giant hole,” according to the publication.
The couple can pay the fine or earn credit by volunteering for Joshua Tree National Park or the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A couple was fined $18,000 after California officials said they bulldozed dozens of Joshua trees to make room for their home.
Douglas Poston, the supervising deputy district attorney for the Morongo Basin, said Jeffrey Walter and Jonetta Nordberg-Walter face 36 misdemeanor charges — one for each tree they removed — and were fined $9,000 apiece on June 22, the Hi-Desert Star reported. Each misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to six months in prison and $4,100 in fines.
“It is unlawful to remove these trees. It is a violation that will be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted,” said Patrick Foy, a captain with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to the publication.