I thought this might be of interest to people in this group. I quoted
the first couple of paragraphs; more information at the link below.
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Kentucky Cracks Down on Tree Thieves
Thieves across the country are targeting trees in the latest crime
wave to hit the American people and environment.
These dastardly criminals are illegally cutting down valuable trees
for timber, often targeting elderly property owners. The problem is
becoming a serious environmental issue and an increasingly common
problem for landowners. Thieves can make thousands of dollars by
cutting down just a few trees, while they're highly unlikely to face
criminal charges if they're caught. Most prosecutors consider the
crime a property dispute to be settled by civil courts.
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