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Arrest Focuses Spotlight on SC Timber Laws
web posted February 28, 2013
COLUMBIA – South Carolina
Commission investigators have arrested a North Carolina man on two
different charges relating to a timber deal in which the victim was
underpaid. Tim Gosnell, 40, of Rutherford, NC, failed to pay a Cherokee
Co., SC landowner within 45 days for timber cut on his land. Mr.
Gosnell was also cited for failing to provide proper documentation from
the mill (proper scale ticket information) for the timber he harvested
and transported for the landowner.
After partial payment of $1,000 (a fraction of what is owed, documents
show), the victim sent a certified letter to Mr. Gosnell demanding the
remainder. SCFC law enforcement personnel became involved soon
Mr. Gosnell is out on bond. Investigators say additional charges
are possible and the South Carolina Forestry Commission is urging
landowners who may have complaints against Mr. Gosnell to contact them
at (803) 896-8838.
Because forest-related industries have a $17 billion annual impact on
our state's economy and because 88 percent of the forestland in SC is
privately owned, SCFC actively enforces timber laws and aggressively
investigates criminal complaints.
While the vast majority of timber harvesting companies are reputable
and these crimes are not the norm, landowners are reminded that their
timber is valuable. Before any sale or contract, landowners
should contact the Commission or contact a consulting forester to begin
the process of having their woodlands evaluated. Landowners
should never take unsolicited first offers for their timber.
More information can be found at www.trees.sc.gov.
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