Vol. 21 Núm. 2 (2023): Número especial: Criminología Verde


Illicit Redwood Theft in a California State Park: A Crime Script Analysis Approach

  • Stephen F. Pires | Florida International University
  • Nerea Marteache | California State University




Empirical studies on flora poaching are scarce, and the few that exist tend to focus on the study of illegal logging. The goal of this paper is to provide a deeper understanding of the issue of timber theft in protected parks, as well as to identify potential avenues for detection and prevention of this criminal behavior, using the case study of split-rail theft at Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California (USA). We utilize script analysis to offer a detailed description of the crime-commission process and the procedural requirements to carry out this type of crime. To do so, we used a mixed methods design that included incident data collection, field observations, and informal interviews with park rangers. Interventions that could potentially disrupt the chain of events, based on Situational Crime Prevention, are identified, and discussed.

Palabras clave:

crime scripts, situational crime prevention, flora poaching, wildlife crime


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Biografía del autor/a

Stephen F. Pires, Florida International University

Dr. Stephen Pires is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He studies the illegal wildlife trade with a particular focus on commonly poached species (i.e., hot products), illicit markets, and the organization of the illegal trade, and has co-authored the book, “Wildlife Crime: An Environmental Criminology and Crime Science Perspective” (2018).

Nerea Marteache, California State University

Dr. Nerea Marteache is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, and the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research at California State University San Bernardino. Her research interests and scholarship focus on crime prevention through opportunity reduction, and on the analysis and evaluation of criminal justice policy. She received the Promising Young Scholar Award in 2010 from the Sociedad Española de Investigación Criminológica, and the Young Criminologist Award in 2013 from the European Society of Criminology. Her recent scholarly work includes projects on crime against wildlife, tourist victimization, and transportation-related crime.

Cómo citar

Pires, S. F., & Marteache, N. (2024). Illicit Redwood Theft in a California State Park: A Crime Script Analysis Approach. Revista Española De Investigación Criminológica, 21(2), e829. https://doi.org/10.46381/reic.v21i2.829

Agencias de apoyo

  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Summer Research Fellowship at California State University, San Bernardino
  • Dorothea Green Fellowship at Florida International University


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