The US Forest Service is issuing a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those guilty of illegally cutting trees in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forrest.
According to a representative from the USFS, miles of trails were illegally logged in what is estimated to be between 300 and 400 downed trees for backcountry ski runs.
US Forest Service Press Release:
SANTA FE, NM – October 1, 2015 – For Immediate Release. The U.S. Forest Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the unlawful cutting and damaging of trees in and around the Pecos Wilderness.
Hikers discovered the scene and reported it to the Santa Fe National Forest, which turned the matter over to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations.
The area where the illegal tree cutting has occurred is within and along the boundary of the Pecos Wilderness north of the Santa Fe Ski Area and south and east of the Winsor Trail in the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
If you have information about this incident, contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations at 505-842-3363.
These unlawful loggers could face up to a $6,000 fine or 6 months in jail… Leave the backcountry alone!