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Idaho residents sentenced for theft of wood from U.S. Forest Service

Idaho residents sentenced for theft of wood from U.S. Forest Service

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 6, 2014

Two Wilder, Idaho men have been sentenced to three years probation after cutting down trees illegally from the forest and selling them.

Terry Burton, 46, and his son, Brent L. Burton, 23 created an illegal trail in the Malheur National Forest and cut down lodgepole pines without permits.

The Burtons then sold the trees to Parma Post and Pole in Parma, Idaho. Officials found the duo had caused $1,380 in environmental damage to the National Forest by leaving 425 visible stumps, and causing damage to small trees and trails with an ATV and trailer.

Both defendants pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge of theft of government property on April 30, 2014.

The defendants will have to pay $3,880 in restitution to the Malheur National Forest and will be banned from any logging on any United States Forest Service Lands.