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Timber thieves prey on rural, tree-rich land

[Kentucky] A 2003 Virginia Tech University study showed that landowners lose more than $4 million to dodgy loggers in the poor but hardwood-rich Appalachian states. South Carolina forestry experts estimate that about $10 million is lost in that state alone. Regional experts estimate the amount lost nationally is more than $160 million. But because timber theft is rarely reported, those numbers are likely low. Tree theft is a growing problem in large part because few rogue loggers are caught and even fewer are prosecuted.


News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes

www.southernsustainableforests.org

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