Charles McAlpine pleaded guilty on January 7, 2015 toone count of cutting trees on public lands and aiding and abetting the same. He wassentenced in Federal Court on March 5, 2015 to one year of probation, $11,430.00 in restitution to the Forest Service and a $5,000.00 fine.
This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office – District of Montanaand investigated by Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations. Theinvestigation determined over 1,000 trees were cut and removed from National Forest System lands within the Hungry Horse Ranger District of the Flathead National Forestadjacent to McAlpine’s property over the course of several years while loggingoperations were being conducted on his private lands. The timber was then sold asfirewood.
Flathead National Forest Acting Supervisor Sharon LaBrecque says, “The FlatheadNational Forest takes timber theft and associated resource damage on public landsseriously. We aggressively investigate reports of timber theft”.
For more information, contact the Flathead National Forest, 406-758-5200.