US Forest Service Wants Info On Illegal Tree Cutting Near Santa Fe Ski Area
Someone in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest and Pecos Wilderness has been illegally chopping down hundreds of trees. The US Forest Service is offering $5,000 for any information leading to the capture of those responsible for this unlawful tree cutting on federal lands.
The tree chopping operation was discovered by hikers and reported to the Forest Service in September. FirstTracksOnline.com claims the operation has been going on for at least three years.
Due to the proximity of the tree cutting to Santa Fe Ski Area, it is possible that people were chopping down these trees to create illegal ski runs.
Chopping down trees on federal land is a federal crime. Outside Online writes that Mike Gardiner, assistant special agent in charge at the U.S. Forest Service, says, “the guilty party would face a Class B misdemeanor, which has a maximum sentence of a $6,000 fine or six months in jail.”
Contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations at 505.842.3363 if you have any details about this incident.
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