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Pinned to theft of timber on public lands in the Gaspe

1227645(Chandler) Three men and three women around Chandler will soon be called to appear in court by way of summons, to meet timber theft charges on public lands. Two other men in the same sector will have to pay fines for cutting timber on the same public domain.

The Sûreté du Québec and the forest division of the Department of Natural Resources occurred on Saturday in the hinterland of Chandler to end the carousel of eight people arrested. The police came in assistance to the Ministry.

A first intervention took place in the afternoon while employees of the Department surprised two men to cut logs. Individuals in forest walk spun and they returned soon after, realizing that the registration of their van betray them.

They admitted their offense and they will be quits by paying a fine.

The second intervention occurred in the night from Saturday to Sunday as three trucks loaded with wood and also dragging two loaded trailers were intercepted by police, three men and three women on board.

In this case, timber theft charges should be brought to Percé courthouse, at a date to be determined.

The Crown timber, once on the ground, belongs to forest companies with logging permits. Wood recovered Saturday and Sunday belongs to the GDS Group of Pointe-à-la-Croix, and Temrex, which operates the largest sawmill in the Gaspé, New.

The director of the Forestry Cooperative Association of Saint-Elzear, Sebastien Roy, said timber theft is costly to the company, even if only a small fraction of its annual supply exceeding 100,000 cubic meters . “We talk between 1000 and 2000 cubic meters of wood [stolen] annually, the cost to us of $ 30,000 to $ 60,000.

Its market value is between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000, “says Roy.

$ 100 a cord

Management Temrex did not return the call of the sun, eager to measure the extent of the problem for factory News.

The Crown timber, depending on the species, can be used for many purposes by thieves. They can cut it and sell the firewood at a price of around $ 100 a cord.

Logs can also be processed by portable sawmills and be used as timber.

stolen timber buyers can be accused of harboring. One of them, seeing the marks of furrows that leaves a multifunctional machine in the forest, brought firewood for the Surete du Quebec Chandler this week, wiping a loss of a few hundred dollars.

With the special collaboration of Andre Becu

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