British Columbia

District sues 3 men for allegedly cutting down trees to boost home value

The District of West Vancouver alleges the trees were alive and healthy and part of a coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem which is considered at risk in B.C.

West Vancouver seeking more than $35K after 4 trees, shrub allegedly removed to improve views

The District of West Vancouver alleges that three men illegally cut down trees in a park to improve the value of this home, which has since been sold. (Meera Bains/CBC)

The District of West Vancouver has filed a lawsuit after four trees were cut down in a park near Horseshoe Bay.

Three men are being sued for allegedly chopping down the trees in Larson Bay Park, on the Howe Sound waterfront, to increase the property value of a nearby home.

The district is seeking more than $35,000 from the men.

According to court documents, the owner of a nearby home, Nancy Moffat, passed away and two of the accused became executors of her estate.

The trees were cut down in July 2018 and the house was sold for $2.85 million about six months later.

Peter Moffatt, David Moffat and Caceres Lopez are accused of damaging three red cedars, one bigleaf maple and a blackthorn shrub to clear a pathway to the home to improve its value.

The district alleges the trees were alive and healthy and are part of a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem that is considered at risk in B.C.

Peter and David Moffat have replied to the lawsuit in a court document.

"We performed maintenance work on a neglected portion of Larson Bay Park," the document read. "We disagree any damages were caused."

The case has yet to be heard in court.

with files from Meera Bains

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