COLLEGE STATION (AP) – State forestry officials say there’s been a surge in reported timber thefts in East Texas woodlands.
A statement Wednesday from the Texas A&M Forest Service says more than 20 timber theft cases have been reported from the Red River in the Ark-La-Tex to almost the Gulf coast of Southeast Texas.
What’s making the timber easy pickings is the fact that one-third of the more than 200,000 family forest landowners in East Texas don’t live on the land and aren’t around to guard their timber stands.
The state recommends property owners have trusted persons report any cutting, never sign a contract without checking a buyer’s references, insist on getting bids for the timber, mark all property lines and enlist the help of advisers, if necessary, to help in the sale.
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