VARIOUS TIMBER THEFT
1. Logger does not accurately report timber hauled on a
2. Logger cuts unsold (unmarked) timber on a lump sum sale.
3. Logger moves onto your property from an adjoining
property for which he has a legitimate contract.
4. Logger moves onto another tract from your property. Under
certain conditions, you could be held responsible.
5. Logger simply moves onto your property and cuts your
timber thinking that no one will notice or report the
6. Logger moves onto your property by accident. Yes! It can
7. Higher price timber is hauled on lower price loads on
8. Excessive cut-offs to merchandise up log value to the
logger’s benefit, where you lose payment for what’s left in
9. Unnecessary logging damage to your property is “theft” of
your asset’s value.
10. Cutting stumps too high or leaving too much top on
SOME WAYS TO PREVENT TIMBER THEFT
1. Check your property if you hear logging anywhere in
2. Clearly mark your boundaries. Paint boundaries with
purple paint in those states that have such a law. (Some
states require colors other than purple.)
3. Walk your boundaries regularly.
4. Have a good clear up-to-date survey and title documents
for your property.
5. Maintain obvious signs of owner activity on your
6. Be especially vigilant if a property adjoining or near
yours has a good timber stand.
7. Be especially vigilant if someone has tried to buy your
timber and you refused.
8. Be wary if you have been approached by more than one
timber buyer in a short amount of time.
9. Be suspicious of logging equipment moving at night or at
off hours such as weekends.
10. Be suspicious of timber buyers advising you have insects
or diseases that are killing your trees.
11. Doubt timber buyer comments that timber prices are going
down at the mills.
12. Investigate any new vinyl flagging hung on or near your
13. Require advance payment of one or two weeks hauling for
14. Be alarmed if you catch a logger with a forester’s paint
gun, especially if it contains tree marking paint that is
the same color as your marked timber sale.
15. Hire a competent forestry consultant to manage your