FOREST FIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT
Law enforcement is an important part of forest fire prevention. The Forestry Commission assumes the primary responsibility for statewide forest fire law enforcement.
Forestry Commission officers may issue citations (tickets) for misdemeanor offenses. For more serious crimes, officers obtain warrants and make physical arrests.
For Forest Fire Law Enforcement assistance, contact your local office of the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
TIMBER TRANSACTION CRIME
Timber transaction crime includes outright theft of forest products, as well as fraud.Timber transaction crime is characterized as “white collar crime committed by criminals in work clothes.” Forestry Commission agents say losses to SC landowners could be as high as $10 million each year. Many cases are never reported.
The Forestry Commission is the primary law enforcement agency investigating timber transaction crime in SC. Agents handle several hundred timber transaction crime investigations per year. Investigations usually begin with a complaint from a landowner.
To report timber transaction crime, contact Jonathan Calore at (803)896-8840 or email the state headquarters.