Georgia task force combats growing problem of timber theft

Georgia lags behind other states in its ability to track and investigate timber thefts, according to the Georgia Forestry Association, which has created a new task force to explore the problem.

“Most people probably don’t even report timber theft, especially if a long period of time has gone by,” said Steve McWilliams, the non-profit trade group’s president. “It is also very difficult to prosecute.”

With 22 million forested acres, Georgia is a leading timber producer, he said, but options are sparse for victims of theft or fraud.


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