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Warning: Watch where you chop

January 15, 2008

Albany - - Timber prices are rising and that's leading some thieves to hit the woods and chop where they shouldn't.

Georgia Forestry Commission foresters remind you that it's illegal to cut wood on private property. Even on public property, you often need permission.

Foresters say if you see illegal logging, you should report it.

"I've dealt with accidental cases as well as intentional cases where they've crossed the property line onto an adjacent property and harvested the timber which is illegal," says Bert Earley with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Some states such as Mississippi and Virginia have new laws that make illegal logging a felony.

Other states launched timber theft prevention campaigns.

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