February 13, 2013

Livermore accepts settlement for illegal logging

The Associated Press

LIVERMORE — The Livermore select board has voted to accept a nearly $41,000 settlement from an insurance company representing a Jay logger who harvested trees on about 10 acres of town land without permission.

The board voted Tuesday to unanimously accept the payment, which represents the value of the trees removed from Memorial Forest last year, the cost of a property line survey and the cost of the timber valuation.

Town Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub tells the Sun Journal no decision has been made on what will be done with the money.

Officials say John Korhonen cut down trees on his own land then inadvertently harvested about 1,250 trees on town land. Schaub says it is a logger's responsibility to know where property lines are.

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