Forest Service investigating damage to trees

By: The Associated Press
May 15, 2014 Updated: May 15, 2014 at 8:31 am

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) — Bighorn National Forest officials are investigating damage to more than 100 trees in the Powder River Ranger District.

Forest Service employees on a routine snowmobile patrol recently noticed directional arrows carved into trees.

District ranger Mark Booth says it is a federal offense to cut or damage trees in national forests without permission.

He says violators can be fined $100 for the first tree and $50 for each additional tree.

Foresters say cutting into a tree makes it more susceptible to disease and rot, shortening the tree's life.

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