I ran across a very recent article (May 21, 2019) by Field Walsh from TXK Today which described a lawsuit filed in Texarkana federal court accusing a local couple of stealing more than $4 million from the wife’s employer at a forestry consultants office that was hired by a timberland management company.
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
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
As the new year gets fully underway, and we begin implementing the plans we have made for the year to come, I wanted to revisit a basic question that seems to keep popping up as I travel around the country and meet with foresters and other timber industry professionals at their businesses and in conferences. … Continue reading Is Timber Theft Really a Problem?
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
According to the National Christmas Tree Association’s (NCTA) 2017 Christmas season consumer survey, and adjusting for sample size, they predicted that 27.4 million real Christmas trees were purchased in 2017. In contrast 21.1 million new fake trees were purchased that same year. On average the cost of the real trees is about $75 and the … Continue reading Christmas Tree Theft? Really?
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
As most of you know, our industry went from the big vertically integrated companies where timberland was a closely held asset for the paper and saw mills, to a world where the timberland has now been acquired by timber investment firms. That occurred in large extent in the early 2000’s, although you could draw the … Continue reading Oct 2018 News — Con Men
I brought up the topic of wildfires last month and specifically discussed the issue of wildfire arsons. I wanted to continue the subject briefly again this month. The problem can’t be overlooked. According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis, 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than … Continue reading More Talk about Wildfires
With all the talk about wildfires in California and the Northwest these past several months I thought I would look at fire prevention and specifically at arson’s. Although we haven’t heard much about the causes of some of the biggest blazes this year, over time it is estimated that about 30% of all forest fires … Continue reading Arsons and Wildfires