22 trees vandalized on Capitol Parkway

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- 22 trees lining Capitol Parkway were vandalized over the weekend. The cleanup and removal, according to Lincoln Parks and Recreation, will cost around $12,000.

Lincoln Parks and Rec says trees in urban areas are always being abused, but never to this extent. It hopes it can use this incident to inspire people in Lincoln to be good stewards of the environment.

According to Lorri Grueber, Community Operations Forester at Lincoln Parks and Recreation, the vandals removed the tops of the trees, essentially killing them.

Saturday morning, according to locals like Wayne Shafer, branches and debris were all over. Shafer calls it a senseless act.

"I haven't seen it. And like I said, I ride the bike path quite a bit around here, and like I said, I haven't seen something like that in quite a long time," said Shafer

These trees are primarily paid for by tax dollars, and Lincoln Parks and Rec will likely not be able to replant until this fall. Said Shafer:

"Actually it's our tax dollars at work, so that would be kind of nice to know."

Lincoln Police Department is currently investigating this incident. There are no suspects and no surveillance footage to pull from. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Lincoln Police at (402) 441-6000 or Lincoln Crime Stoppers at (402) 475-3600.