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Loggers make a mess

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I went to my inlaws today which is about two miles up the road from me. My father in law says we have alot of wood to cut up this summer and fall and winter. I ask why's that. Well the neighboring property owner had some loggers come in and log some trees on there place but the logger decided to come over and help themselves to about 12 of my father in laws trees as well.

Just to cover his rear he had a police report made and the logger contacted him and said it all was a mistake that he didn't know he had crossed the property line and would he would give 100% of the money made off the logs to him. My father laws propery has fence on both sides on the property line both end at a creek. The property being logged is adjacent to one side and to the back of my father in law's where the creek seperates the back side of his property from the property being logged. It's a good sized creek as well.

The logger basically went around the fence through the creek and started cutting trees. All mostly walnut and oak trees. One had to be atleast 200 plus years old. They where all large trees. He actually dropped one of the trees on the property line fence. Anyways he kept all the trees seperated that he cut from my father in laws place from the ones he got from the other property why we don't really know. The other property owner said he had given him a very good map of the property and all the boundries where clearly marked.

It ticks me off for one its a great place for fall turkeys they roost in that area. Two the logger ran over a bunch of smaller trees and cut the larger ones in his way and left them lay. The skidder just tore it up there plus all the tops of the trees he logged left laying which Im sure is standard procedure when logging. I'm not a tree hugger and my father in law is not as well but these trees are not going to be able to be replaced in our life time to the size they where and plus the fact they ruined some great hunting area.

My question is what would you do in this situation. I mean it could have been a mistake but I really don't think it was and he is getting the money from the logs but there still stands the fact that if your in business like that you would think you make darn sure where you was to get your logs from. Now my father in law has to do the clean up cause he don't want anymore damage from the skidder dragging the tops out. Plus like I said it's not replaceable and ruined some good roost trees. The skidder ruined our camping area and a access road. We figured at least $3000 for fuel for our equip just to clean the area back up to what it was minus some nice trees.

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I'm not a logger or live in your neck of the woods but it sounds as though the logger was trying to steal your f-nlaws trees.  That's why he had them separated from all the others.  I would revisit the law enforcement agency you made a report with and ask for a detective to look into it as theft.  Or go to your local State Attorney's office and file charges yourself.

Your version of the story does not sound like an accident.  Good luck and what ashame.

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I would probably file charges against the company and sue for damages to the property and the loss of the trees. Force the company to pay a fence person to fix fence, someone to fix property. Make then them pay for a stump grinder, and then make them pay to replace the trees at least, even though they won't be the same size trees. These guys ruined your piece of property and they should have to pay to return the property to original state or as close to original state.

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