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Environmentalist pleads guilty to illegal tree marking
Rapid City Journal ^ | 20 may 2012 | Kevin Woster

Posted on 05/20/2012 6:20:13 AM PDT by rellimpank

--a tree-hugger gets caught---

Brian Brademeyer is charged with painting over markings to trick Forest Service crews into cutting down trees.

Black Hills environmentalist Brian Brademeyer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally marking trees to be cut in a U.S. Forest Service timber sale.

Brademeyer agreed prior to a proceeding scheduled for Thursday in federal court to pay a $475 fine, plus a $25 processing fee. The maximum penalty for the charge, a federal petty offense, was $5,000 and six months in jail.

Contacted by email Friday, Brademeyer confirmed that he was paying the $500 but did not provide further comment.

Travis Lunders, a regional special agent for the U.S. Forest Service who investigated the case, said Friday that Brademeyer’s plea and the imposed fine were “a satisfactory conclusion to the case.”

A spokesman for the logging industry in the Black Hills didn’t necessarily agree. Tom Troxel, director of the Black Hills Forest Resource Association in Rapid City, said a logging company would almost certainly face harsher penalties if it were caught illegally marking trees in a timber sale.

(Excerpt) Read more at rapidcityjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: environment; facepalm; sd; treehugger

1 posted on 05/20/2012 6:20:21 AM PDT by rellimpank
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2 posted on 05/20/2012 6:25:11 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: rellimpank
--a tree-hugger gets caught---

--I inserted that in the article by mistake--

3 posted on 05/20/2012 6:26:07 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank

Why would a tree hugger illegally mark trees to be cut down?


4 posted on 05/20/2012 6:31:06 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: rellimpank
The fine would be much bigger in Mi on private or state land.

A fine plus 3x the value of the tree for cutting, or causing to be cut, a tree you don't own. And the owner is offered much leeway in determining the value.

5 posted on 05/20/2012 6:34:46 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: shove_it
To cause the logging company to face the wrath of Fedzilla for illegally removing trees. Thousands per tree.
6 posted on 05/20/2012 6:36:27 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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Got it, thanks. Diabolical bastards.


7 posted on 05/20/2012 6:40:59 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it
--from the article-

-timber project there. Critics said Brademeyer’s actions in marking the trees for cutting near his home were hypocritical, since he had challenged previous Forest Service timber projects elsewhere.

--to close to his house--

8 posted on 05/20/2012 6:44:25 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank
--to close to his house--

LOL That's priceless!

9 posted on 05/20/2012 6:57:48 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: rellimpank
--to close to his house--

LOL That's priceless!

10 posted on 05/20/2012 6:58:01 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (hViva Christo Rey!)
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To: rellimpank

Uhm, the guy created multiple crimes and all he got was a slap on the wrist?


11 posted on 05/20/2012 7:17:47 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: shove_it

Doesn’t make much sense, they usually mark trees that are to be cut down, not the other way around.


12 posted on 05/20/2012 7:20:44 AM PDT by chemical_boy
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To: shove_it; All
--from the comments following the article--What the Journal didn't tell us, is the trees Brademeyer wanted cut would have dramatically improved his view of Harney Peak. In fact, he has no view of Harney now because of the trees----

--good idea to read the comments after the article--

13 posted on 05/20/2012 7:24:51 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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“Doesn’t make much sense, they usually mark trees that are to be cut down, not the other way around.”

It depends on the type of cut you are doing. If the trees are thick and you are taking out a lot of them, it’s a lot easier to do a leave tree mark, i.e. cut everything except what’s marked.


14 posted on 05/20/2012 7:31:10 AM PDT by Old Forester
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After reading the article this appears to be a take tree cut. He was probably either, as someone posted above, trying to get the loggers in trouble, or trying to reduce the fire hazard near his house.


15 posted on 05/20/2012 7:40:00 AM PDT by Old Forester
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To: rellimpank
Bet it wasn't one of these idiots. Tree huggers ...
16 posted on 05/20/2012 7:43:03 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: shove_it

Absolutely. Only a liberal mind could justify doing what they advocate against. Too bad cutting off one’s nose to spite the face is only an expression; It’d be easier to spot libs from a distance.


17 posted on 05/20/2012 7:45:43 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Some people need to feel they have a ‘purpose’ in life.
Some more then others.

When a screw gets loose, all kinds of strange things happen.

I wonder what they use for shelter. Not wood, surely.
What do they wipe their butts with. Not toilet paper, surely.


18 posted on 05/20/2012 7:55:47 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: liberalh8ter; shove_it
To cause the logging company to face the wrath of Fedzilla for illegally removing trees. Thousands per tree.

Also to make Forrest Service personnel look incompetent or corrupt, making the Forrest Service vulnerable to Environazi suits, a favorite method of control.

19 posted on 05/20/2012 8:22:30 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

I had no idea these people existed! Wow, a wasted mind is a terrible thing to watch!


20 posted on 05/20/2012 8:29:52 AM PDT by mulebones
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21 posted on 05/20/2012 8:37:26 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: rellimpank
Brademeyer’s plea and the imposed fine were “a satisfactory conclusion to the case.”

NOT satisfactory. $500 is just "a cost of doing activism" and easily absorbed.

BETTER: "a federal petty offense, was $5,000 and six months in jail." The wingnuts may still look on it as a "cost of activism" but now it is 10x costlier and perhaps would send a signal to others.

EVEN BETTER: Penalize him the same substantial per tree amount the loggers would have been hit, had they gone and cut down the wrong ones (23 of 'em, as per Keloland TV in SD).

22 posted on 05/20/2012 8:39:12 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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After posting, I looked up what happened to others who illegally cut down trees on Forest Service lands.

Just one from the link below (underlines mine): "Vincent pleaded not guilty on Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court in Reno to charges that she hired a company to cut down three old-growth trees, estimated to be up to 100 years old, on U.S. Forest Service land to improve her view, said Natalie Collins, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Nevada. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. Trial is set for April 29.

The 2008 article: Cutting trees can fall on wrong side of the law

23 posted on 05/20/2012 8:46:40 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
they need to either up the dosage or the voltage or both...
24 posted on 05/20/2012 8:47:19 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: rellimpank
$500 fine? What a joke. He should have gotten the max $5,000.

Also Treebeard should have stepped on him for being a d_mned Orc.

25 posted on 05/20/2012 10:15:16 AM PDT by Cheburashka (If found, please return this Ring of Power to Sauron, Lord of Darkness. Return postage guaranteed.)
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