According to this post from Riverbend, the cutting down of the orchards is true. Whether the motivation was punishment I have not seen independently confirmed. As of yet, it appears no other news organization has mentioned this story. I saw some right wing blogs say that this verifies the falsity of the story, which is of course specious reasoning. For three months, major news organizations ignored the Plame leak story, yet it was true. Lack of reporting on a story is not evidence of lack of truth, nor is it evidence of truth.