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Forum topic by leafherder posted 02-20-2016 03:25 PM 1420 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2016 03:25 PM

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Hello Lumberjocks,

I have been following the local news stories about the thieves who cut down some 100 year old Black Walnut trees in a park in Northeastern Ohio. It seems the thieves escaped capture but had to leave the trees behind. My suburb had a similar thing happen last year – thieves went into a cemetery and cut down a Black Walnut that was over 2 feet in diameter and hauled it away. I just want everyone to be aware of these events and urge you all to buy lumber from legitimate sources. If you see a great deal on fresh lumber from an independent seller – it might literally be a steal and you would be supporting criminal activity. And if you see crews cutting down trees in parks and there is no official Park District Vehicle nearby to supervise, please call the local authorities to verify that it is a legitimate tree crew. All Park Districts will clearly mark the trees to be harvested BEFORE cutting, just so there is no confusion.



-- Leafherder

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 04:19 PM

Trees, and their attached burls, are a source of big money for thieves. They should be hung from their gonads on the nearest tree. :o(

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 05:44 PM

happens here all the time

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 06:11 PM

Been happening to Redwoods in the Pacific Northwest where they butcher out a chunk of burl and run.

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#4 posted 02-20-2016 06:16 PM

yeah, i remember reading not too long ago about tree poachers.
reads like northern cali and oregon redwoods are taking a hit

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 06:41 PM

We’ve got the same sort of thing out here, only it’s cattle.

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#6 posted 02-20-2016 09:21 PM

Kinda rough to put a cow on a lathe. ;o)

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 02:15 AM

We had a “legit” logger stealing a $1000 ironwood out of a neighboring property about 20 years ago. The lawyers on both side made about $4000 and the logger declared bankrupt. Both lawyers made good; my neighbor got his day in court.


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#8 posted 02-22-2016 02:38 PM

VERY GOOD POINT you make here!
I turn quite a lot of green wood, though I know it’s legally cut as I get mine from a few friends who cut trees professionally. I have known these guys for quite some time, and know I can trust that everything I get from them is legal.

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#9 posted 02-25-2016 12:31 AM

Kinda rough to put a cow on a lathe. ;o)

- Jimbo4

Nah, just gotta make sure they’re well balanced frozen all the way through.

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#10 posted 02-29-2016 02:59 AM

McFly – what you do then, make “round” steaks ? ;o)

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 11:11 AM

Instant burgers

-- I've worked out how to sharpen, now how do you get blood out of pine?

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 12:10 PM

We’ve been getting stories from a couple of the sawmill guys who live out by the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain Park borderline – of helicopters hovering over walnut trees for a minute within the park line, then skirting to another.

When the people go in a couple days later, the tree trunks, mainly the first footage that does not have a lot of branches, and just the main branches are gone, poached.

Apparently they are using GPS to locate the trees, then go in with a simple pickup with a skid loader on a trailer on a fire road, couple of chain saws, and they are in and out in about an hour.
They are only taking old growth walnut trees.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 12:42 PM

Let’s hope this dies back some when the stylish folk tire of their “live edge” furniture.

-- Tar Heelz, Durham, NC USA

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#14 posted 02-29-2016 01:55 PM

I like making live edge stuff, but I can’t imagine anyone stealing old growth walnut trees for just that. It really wouldn’t be too hard for rangers to implant some particularly attractive trees with RF ID tags and make the public aware that it had been done. Apparently if some people are willing to spend the money on a helicopter ride to case the forest, it must be something they figure is worth the risk and expense. Sounds to me like the fines need to be much, much higher for those caught!

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#15 posted 02-29-2016 07:12 PM

The problem is that the thieves are not being caught because people who care about it are not getting involved to stop it. Are the guys at the lumber mills reporting the suspicious helicopters to the rangers?

-- Leafherder

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