It's not only fish and wildlife...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Big Daddy, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Keep an eye on the trees too!!!

    from ODNR...



    Large Standing Black Cherry Trees Unlawfully Removed From Knox Lake Wildlife Area

    Court orders $3,213 in restitution from two defendants



    COLUMBUS, OH- Two individuals were convicted of stealing over three-thousand dollars worth of large black cherry trees from the Knox Lake Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.



    Boundary inspections conducted by Division of Wildlife Officers and Fisheries Management Staff around Knox Lake in March 2007, found several cases of property encroachment, including the cutting and removal of nine standing black cherry trees from a State Wildlife Area. State Service Forester, Cotton Randall, estimated the trees would have been approximately 2,540 board feet.



    Richard Weiler, 60, of Fredericktown was found guilty of charges relating to the unlawful cutting and removal of large standing black cherry trees from a wildlife area. Weiler was ordered by the court to pay fines of $235.00, additional court cost, and $1,606.50 in restitution to the Division of Wildlife.



    Don Miller, 41, of Mount Vernon was found guilty of charges relating to the unlawful cutting and removal of large standing black cherry trees from a wildlife area. Miller was ordered by the court to pay fines of $175.00, additional court cost, and $1,606.50 in restitution to the Division of Wildlife. He will serve two years probation.



    Investigations revealed Richard Weiler, whose property is adjacent to the Knox Lake State Wildlife Area, hired Millers Tree Service owned by Don Miller. Millers Tree Service was responsible for the cutting of the trees. The logs were sold to a logging company for a lump sum of $3,500.



    Anyone observing wildlife violations may report illegal activity by calling the TIP hotline toll free at 1-800-POACHER.
     
  2. triton175

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    I may be reading this wrong but, if they were ordered to pay $3213 in restitution and sold the trees for $3500 they still made a profit.
    Maybe they confiscated the $3500 too?

    I am glad to see that the DNR is fining offenders a bit more severely this year.

    Brian
     

  3. unreal, glad the dnr caught the guys. But its sad to see someone would cutdown those trees on state park land.