Locals plead guilty to illegal woodcutting

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 — Two recent cases involving the illegal cutting of green trees on the Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest have resulted in three guilty pleas.

Mike and Bryan Trumbull, of Susanville, pled guilty to illegally cutting in excess of 200 green Western Juniper and Ponderosa pine trees, some of which exceeded 42 inches in diameter. Their illegal activity also damaged natural resources, including a rare plant species known as Penstemon sudans (Susanville beardtongue). The Trumbulls were ordered to pay $18,809.82 in restitution and serve three years of probation. They are also prohibited from entering the Lassen National Forest during this period.

In a separate case, Brian Thordsen, of Susanville, pled guilty to illegally cutting more than 100 green lodgepole pine trees. Thordsen was fined $4,500, received three years of probation, and was barred from entering any federal land during this time.

Both cases were heard in the Eastern District Court of California on Monday, Oct. 27.

U.S. Forest Service law enforcement and other personnel on both the Lassen and Plumas national forests are continuing their efforts to detect and prosecute woodcutting violations. The public should be aware illegal activity prohibited by the terms of the fuelwood cutting permit will be actively investigated and prosecuted. All woodcutters are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations as a part of their permit.

Contact your local U.S. Forest Service office with questions or if you have any information regarding illegal activity on your National Forests. The Lassen National Forest may be called at 257-2151, the Plumas at 283-2050.


+3 #8 randy singh 2014-11-12 22:28
I feel bad for the guys but their actions make it hard on all the other law abiding woodcutters who don't have to be dishonest. I'm all for a wood cutting suspension for 3 years and a heafty fine .
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+4 #7 miyacaskawin 2014-11-12 08:57
No excuses, but I think they are "victims" of the economy in Lassen County (or lack thereof) and perhaps a lack of viable employable skills. How any of them will be able to cough up these fines is likely beyond the financial capability of their wallets.
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-10 #6 Paul Bunyan 2014-11-10 12:35
Over the river and through the woods to Paul Bunyans house we go! We'll widdle and fiddle and griddle cakes too high hoe the marry oh.
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-9 #5 Paul Bunyan 2014-11-10 12:34
In my day we would fall all the tall pines we wanted. My big blue ox, Babe, would gather the fallen timber as we took it to be milled. Fee fi fo fum, I smell bacon.
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-10 #4 Judge Dread 2014-11-09 19:01
I would say that the waste of paper used to print the LCT is a woodcutting violation!!

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-9 #3 Roger Jensen 2014-11-09 17:14
No wonder why I can't seem to find Lodgepole! These guys must be dropping them in the fall or winter and then returning as soon as the snow melts to retrieve the rounds. By the way, how much are are you two asking per cord?
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+16 #2 rhonda hart 2014-11-08 14:56
they deserve JAIL time-
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+14 #1 Tom Gauthier 2014-11-08 12:08
Why don't they take away their chainsaws and 4x4 trucks too?? More tattoos than teeth I think!!
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