TThere is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the people who vandalized a riverbank cypress tree estimated to be over 300 years old on the parkland at Thompson’s Island. This land was donated by the Woods Apartments owners to the city. That park is not open but is well known to be trashed and heavily used by those who walk into the park illegally, since those floating by in the river can see the situation. Game cameras have been vandalized and stolen in the past as well at that location. If you have info, call anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 800.324.8477 or City Marshall’s office at 512.393.8480. This is one of the only truly old cypress trees left on the upper river, and sadly the ground around it is also packed hard and eroded from over-use and abuse. Some carving has been done into roots and bark as well. The city urban forester, Kelly Eby, did go to the site with an intern and worked very hard and successfully at sanding away the paint, being careful not to damage the cambium layer beneath the surface bark. But that cannot be done repeatedly, as the bark layer is only so thick. Please spread this info re the award, on social media, etc. And the fact that you can be fined heavily for being in that park when it is closed. This is yet another reason to get the parks master plan underway, the dam removed, and the park ready for use by city residents and patrolled regularly by park rangers. The park is dangerous because of flood damage, and being in limbo and closed, leaves this tree and much riverside parkland so vulnerable to vandals. Stokes Park is open for public use, but not Thompson’s Island.