Forty live standing cedar and pine trees have been cut down and removed from the Dog Valley area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest since August. One of the incense cedars that has been cut down was 66 inches in diameter. The old growth cedar was over 7,000 years old and approximately 114 feet tall.
"The Carson Ranger District covers more than one hundred square miles," said Carson District Ranger Gary Schiff. "We really rely on the public's eyes and ears when they're out enjoying the forest to be aware of activities that appear questionable," said Schiff. Schiff asks that the public call the closest Forest Service office if they observe unusual activity occurring in the forest.
The Dog Valley area was also the designated firewood cutting area for the Carson Ranger District from June 1 to Nov. 15 of this year. Firewood permits allow users to cut dead or down trees. Access to the Dog Valley area is through Verdi or Bordertown.
Secret Witness (322-4900) is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for cutting down and removing the trees. Your identity will remain anonymous.
For information, call Roland Shaw at 884-8114.