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$8,000 Fine for illegal harvest of Crown timber

Friday, December 06, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE
 
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
 
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A Mattawa man has been fined $8,000 for the commission of two offences related to the illegal harvest of Crown timber in Papineau Township.

Doug Bangs pleaded guilty to harvesting trees without the authority of a licence, an offence under Ontario’s Crown Forest Sustainability Act.

A guilty plea was also entered for the offence of cutting trees in a conservation reserve without written consent, contrary to regulations under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.

Court heard that through an investigation conducted by conservation officers, it was found that between May 1 and 31, 2011, Bangs harvested trees, including commercially valuable red and white pine, from provincial lands abutting his private property.

These Crown lands included portions of a designated conservation reserve established in part for its old growth values.

Justice of the Peace Michel Moreau heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on November 20, 2013.

The Ministry reminds the public that prior to conducting forest harvest operations, property boundaries must be clearly understood and recognized.

Harvesting of trees on Crown land requires permits, licenses or written authorizations depending upon the type of operation.

Landowners shipping wood and timber mills receiving wood from private sources must obtain a ‘clearance of forest resources’ which certifies that the wood is exempt from the Crown requirements.

More information is available from the Ministry of Natural Resources website or by contacting your local Ministry office.

To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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thera 12/6/2013 2:03:59 PM Report

This person should be made to replant the trees he cut down too (in the Spring).
Beej 12/6/2013 2:28:54 PM Report

The fine should have been $20K as a strong deterrent to others thinking about doing the same thing.

There was a guy in Iron Bridge who was charged, I believe 13 times for similar offenses, he was find a few thousand dollars each time, but made hundreds of thousands on all the wood which was exported to the US when they were paying top dollar for maple.

Where is the justice in that?

He's likely still doing it.
Gater 12/6/2013 2:54:06 PM Report

Ha ha There are about 500 hunt /fish /tourist camps in the Blind River area . Only about 25% buy a harvest permit to cut wood.
But the MNR in its wisdom goes after the 25% that are trying to comply. trying not to issue harvest permits and does nothing about the 75% who don't bother with permits. ??
Go figure
boilertyme 12/6/2013 3:40:28 PM Report

Well at least he made some money from our natural resources instead of a foreign outfit.
Beej 12/6/2013 5:01:41 PM Report

I wasn't talking about a few trees for personal use, and not just in the Blind river area, but dozens of acres raped of all the mature maples.
A few thousand dollar fine each time (for the ones he got caught for) is no deterrent when you are raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in US funds. Back then the exchange rate was 50-60%!
jojo12345 12/6/2013 7:30:30 PM Report

but they will let timbec waste ton and ton of skid way in the bush and let it rot there
soowat 12/6/2013 10:53:09 PM Report

Ya gotta love the entrepreneurial spirit
stmarysriver 12/7/2013 8:20:36 AM Report

I am being careful but do we know any rich loggers? And how much did this prosecution cost? Obviously, this person upsetted the wrong person with power.
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