South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2008

TIMBER/ARSON CASES TO KEEP FORESTRY COMMISSION OFFICERS BUSY INTO 2009

(Columbia,SC)–-Recent investigations and subsequent arrests promise to keep law enforcement officers with the South Carolina Forestry Commission busy as the agency heads into its winter fire season and into the new year.  Charges have varied in the past few months, but each case will be prosecuted aggressively.  The crimes range from unauthorized pine straw removal (theft/trespassing) all the way up to arson and are not limited to any particular part of the state:

These crimes threaten the number one manufacturing industry in South Carolina—forestry.  South Carolina’s forests, be they publicly owned or privately owned, are sustained and managed to produce revenue.  When our state’s forests are burned or stolen from, it impacts our economic well being.  Woods arson in particular is a felony.  The South Carolina Forestry Commission is dedicated to wildfire suppression.  Theft and woods arson crimes will be prosecuted in South Carolina.

 

ALL SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNLESS PROVEN OTHERWISE IN A COURT OF LAW.

 

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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 about $1,000.00 of economic impact.

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