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Pacific Lumber fined after
pleading no contest to violating
Forest Practice Act
EUREKA, Calif (AP) -- Pacific Lumber Co. and a
subsidiary have been fined after pleading no
Humboldt Superior Court to three criminal
the state Forest Practice Act.
In return, eight criminal misdemeanor counts
dropped, deputy District Attorney Ariana Seldon
Judge Timothy Cissna imposed $8,100 in fines
$21,600 in restitution on Pacific Lumber and
Pacific Holding Co.
The restitution will be paid to the Humboldt
Resource Conservation District, which will use
erosion control projects. The company also was
arraigned Tuesday on three new criminal charges
involving other alleged offenses. A hearing on
set for Feb. 23.
The charges settled Tuesday involved violations
allegedly committed between July and October
the Elk River, Bear River and Freshwater Creek
In December the state Forestry Department
company's conditional timber operator's license
those violations. The company is currently
a new license.
Pacific Lumber was convicted Tuesday of leaving
slash piles along the banks of
the Elk River and violating the terms of its
timber harvest plan on a site near
Freshwater, resulting in the destruction of a
spotted owl roost.
Scotia Pacific was convicted of driving heavy
equipment through the bed of the
Bear River rather than building culverts.
The three new charges involve burning
vegetation in buffer zones along the Elk
and Eel rivers.
Company spokeswoman Mary Bullwinkel said the
company is taking new steps
to reduce violations and meet conditions for a
new logging license.
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