FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2012
TREES PAY, CRIME DOES NOT
(Columbia, SC)- Law enforcement officers with the South Carolina Forestry Commission have charged a local man with failing to pay a landowner for wood harvested on his property.
SCFC officials say Eric C. Dyer (DOB 4/10/71), of Leesville, SC, struck a deal with a Lexington County landowner for timber valued at $2,025.00. Despite a great deal of patience, calls, and a certified letter demanding payment and documents, the landowner did not receive his revenue from Mr. Dyer within the 45 days required by South Carolina law.
Mr. Dyer is out on bond awaiting trial and is working to make restitution, according to officers with the Commission.
The Forestry Commission reminds all landowners that their timber is valuable. The 13 million acres of mostly privately-owned forests in our state support a $17 billion/yr. industry which puts food on many families’ dinner tables and pays above average wages.
The Forestry Commission exists to protect our state’s forest resource, not just from fire, but from unscrupulous business practices. The vast majority of people in the timber harvesting business and the mills they supply are reputable. The Commission offers these tips to landowners at its website http://www.trees.sc.gov/:
DON’T be rushed or pressured into selling your timber.
DON’T sell without a comprehensive contract.
a) Should include price and payment arrangements.
b) Should include maximum time for cutting timber.
c) Should specify logger’s access to tract.
d) Should specify areas off-limits to loggers.
e) Should specify responsibility for damages.
f) Should include any special requirements.
g) Should require compliance with Forestry Best Management Practices
DO get professional advice and assistance.
a) Forestry Commission foresters provide advice and direction.
b) Registered Consulting Foresters provide complete timber sale services.
DO get competitive bids for your timber.
DO have property boundary lines clearly marked.
DO have sale boundary clearly delineated.
DO have someone check on the cutting operation frequently.
Remember, your interests and those of the timber buyer are necessarily different. A good timber transaction must meet the needs of both the buyer and the seller. Price is an important factor, but it isn’t the only one. Convenience, timing, and protection of land, water, and other property values are also extremely significant. If a deal doesn’t meet the buyer’s needs, he won’t buy. If your needs aren’t met, you shouldn’t sell.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SCOTT HAWKINS @ 803-360-2231 or (803) 896-8820
The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource
For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces more than $1,800.00 of economic impact.