Newport officials searching for those who deliberately poisoned King Park trees

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — City officials in Newport are trying to find those responsible for poisoning several trees in King Park over the past year.

According to the City of Newport RI Facebook page, they discovered last year that a number of trees in the park were deliberately poisoned.

The post said the dead trees were immediately removed and replaced, and the city kept an eye on several more that were poisoned hoping they would pull through.

“Unfortunately, we’re sad to say that it appears as though a number of the other more mature trees are also now succumbing to the 2018 poisoning, with two already dead and another pair that appear headed in that direction,” the post reads.

In an effort to raise awareness of the issue, the city posted signs on the poisoned trees.

Maureen Cronin from the Newport Tree and Open Scape Commission says the trees that are now succumbing to the poisoning will have to be removed.

“Recently they have shown that they are not going to be able to be saved, they will need to come down.  So we have someone who is actively coming up to the trees and pouring the liquid solvent that is killing the trees,” she said.

Cronin says the will continue planting new trees for every tree that they lose, but they still want the public’s help finding those responsible for the poisoning.

“We don’t have any idea and part of the reason to start going forward now is to hope that the public is as incensed about this act as we are,” she said.

Anyone who knows anything about the poisoned trees should contact Scott Wheeler, the superintendent of park, grounds and forestry, at (401) 845-5802 or

The Newport Tree Society is also accepting donations that will go toward replacing the poisoned trees.

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