BUCKLAND, Mass. (AP) - A western Massachusetts man has been charged with illegally cutting down and selling more almost $3,000 worth of trees harvested on state land.
The Recorder reports that 49-year-old Stephen Edmund Smith of Buckland was arraigned in a Greenfield court Wednesday on charges including unlicensed forest commercial cutting and larceny.
Smith told investigators he had permission from a local snowmobile club to cut timber along the road and on a 20-acre parcel of private land in Buckland State Forest.
Massachusetts Environmental Police Sgt. Thomas Provost says Smith was selling the wood for firewood and possibly to a wood mill.
Department of Conservation and Recreation officials valued the wood at almost $2,700. Damages amounted to nearly $8,000.
Information from: The (Greenfield, Mass.) Recorder, http://www.recorder.com
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