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Boathouse bust--Lewis County.

While conducting land surveys for the Brookfield Power Company in Croghan, surveyors noticed trees were missing from the property. After reporting the stolen timber, a company representative visited the site with ECOs John Murphy and Tim Worden, and discovered that approximately 100 hemlock trees had been taken. Tracks on the property led back to a private camp on the Beaver River where the officers saw a brand new boathouse made of rough-cut hemlock. The officers took a few photos and left. A few days later, the ECOs met with one of the camp owners, who denied any knowledge of the trees being removed from the adjoining property. When presented with the photos, however, he told officers to speak with his brother. The ECOs did, and the man confessed to taking the trees. He was ticketed for trespassing and timber theft.

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Title Annotation:On Patrol: Real stories from Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers in the field; Lewis County, New York
Publication:New York State Conservationist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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