December 6, 2012

Illegal Maine logger could owe $100,000, town says

The Associated Press

LIVERMORE — A Jay logger could be on the hook for more than $100,000 for cutting down about 1,250 trees on Livermore town land without permission.

The select board is waiting on one more estimate before making a decision on how much to ask John Korhonen to reimburse the town.

Town administrative assistant Kurt Schaub tells the Sun Journal the town is seeking fair compensation for the trees cut down in Memorial Forest.

Officials say Korhonen cut down trees on his own land then harvested timber on about 10 acres of town land that does not abut his land. Scahub says it is a logger's responsibility to know where property lines are.

Korhonen has not responded to two letters from the town and has not responded to media requests for comment.

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