Ohio legislator wants stronger timber theft law

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker is pushing legislation to boost prosecution of timber theft in a move that has the state forestry association worried about overregulation.

The proposal by state Rep. Ross McGregor would require a written agreement between landowners and the timber harvester that specifically shows which trees should be cut down.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/PbiNXw ) that a bill introduced by McGregor, a Springfield Republican, also requires a written record of timber harvested from the landowner.

McGregor says the current law is lose and makes it difficult for prosecutors to go after thieves even when a crime has occurred. He says illegal timber harvesters are likely selling it to timber mills.

The Ohio Forestry Association calls the legislation "heavy-handed" and says it would cause difficulties for its 500 members.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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