Gallery: Meth Addict Burns World’s 5th Oldest Tree to the Ground


Meth is dangerous drug that is bad for people – and apparently it’s not so good for trees either. Recently, a methamphetamine addict in Florida named Sarah Barnes decided she needed a better view to get high to, so she climbed “The Senator” (which was the fifth oldest tree in the world) and subsequently burned it down. At the time of the fateful blaze “The Senator” was 125 feet tall, had a diameter of 17.5 feet, and was estimated to be 3,500 years old. Barnes is 26.

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  1. willcannings March 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Would there have been this much moralising about her drug problem if she’d been an alcoholic and not a meth addict? The fact that she was doing drugs at the time is irrelevant.

  2. gearsofrandy March 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    That’s really sad, at least now she can get some help for her problem. I hope her sentence will include planting 5000 cypress trees.

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