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Contract Fraud

Contract Fraud

Landowners, like many home owners, utilize contractors to do the work that is needed to manage their forest lands. Frequently they are not trained in the finer art of contract negotiations and find themselves contracting for services they need, but do not fully understand. For instance, when I contract with a plumber, I know I … Continue reading Contract Fraud

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Timber Theft as a Global Problem

Timber Theft as a Global Problem

I read an interesting article recently that reminded me that forestry theft isn’t confined to the United States. It seems wherever there is a market for timber and wood products there’s the potential for legitimate business as well as for thieves and shysters. The report was written and edited by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) … Continue reading Timber Theft as a Global Problem

Protection from Eco-Terrorists

Protection from Eco-Terrorists

Loggers routinely operate in remote locations that are difficult to monitor, giving potential thieves the perception that the theft is low risk. Loggers should change that perception. More recently, there have been indications that there is yet another risk to fuel and logging equipment. You may have heard about the logger who was recently vandalized … Continue reading Protection from Eco-Terrorists

Timber Poaching – A Growing Timber Theft Problem

Timber Poaching – A Growing Timber Theft Problem

This month I’m reminded that timber theft or “poaching” isn’t unique to the United States. I ran across an article by Susan Lazaruk on October 10, 2018, about the rising problem of timber poaching in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The pattern is the same in both places. The article quotes Luke Clarke, a natural resource … Continue reading Timber Poaching – A Growing Timber Theft Problem