Forest Service investigating damage to trees in Bighorn forest

2014-05-15T09:55:00Z 2014-05-16T09:45:13Z Forest Service investigating damage to trees in Bighorn forestThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 15, 2014 9:55 am  • 

BUFFALO, Wyo. — Bighorn National Forest officials are investigating damage to more than 100 trees in the Powder River Ranger District.

Forest Service employees on a routine snowmobile patrol recently noticed directional arrows carved into trees.

District ranger Mark Booth says it is a federal offense to cut or damage trees in national forests without permission.

He says violators can be fined $100 for the first tree and $50 for each additional tree.

Foresters say cutting into a tree makes it more susceptible to disease and rot, shortening the tree's life.

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