Thursday, June 27, 2013

Press: North Idaho Man Admits to Illegal Timber Cut on U.S. Forest Land

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

A North Idaho man faces the possibility of a hefty fine and prison stint after admitting to cutting timber on national forest lands.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that 54-year-old Norman Bogart pleaded guilty in federal court to cutting and hauling timber from the Idaho Panhandle National Forest near his home in the Shoshone County town of Kingston.

The U.S. Forest Service investigated the case with assistance from the Idaho State Police, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office and the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force. Serving an October 2012 search warrant of Bogart's property, law enforcement seized more than 58 cords of timber. They said much of the timber had been green before being cut.

Agents said an undercover camera captured Bogart's vehicle hauling the wood out of an area inside the Idaho Panhandle National Forest where 40 green trees had been cut within one area.

"Timber theft will not be tolerated on national forest system lands " said Mary Farnsworth, Idaho Panhandle National Forests supervisor.

When Bogart is sentenced in a U.S. courtroom on Monday, September 16, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000 for willful injury or depredation to property of the U.S.

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