SANGERVILLE, Maine — The operator of a Sangerville sawmill will pay more than $3,400 in restitution and $270 in fines for the illegal harvesting of timber on a relative’s property, according to the Maine Department of Conservation.
Blaine Nuite, 49, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft to unlawful cutting of trees, failure to pay for trees harvested, and failure to file a timber harvest notification.
The relative contacted the Maine Forest Service in December 2008 after discovering that Nuite had harvested timber from her Sangerville lot without permission. That launched an eight-month-long investigation by Forest Rangers Samuel Heffner and Dustin Pickering.
“The Maine Forest Service always recommends that landowners and contractors have a written contract with each other before timber harvesting begins,” Forest Ranger Jon Blackstone of the MFS Forest Protection Division-Moosehead Lake District said in a press release. “This contract should be specific and address issues such as what will be cut, what will be paid and when payment will occur.”
Maine law requires that the landowner receive all scale slips and payment within 45 days of the wood being removed from the lot, Blackstone said in the release. He urged any landowners with concerns about timber harvesting to contact a local forest ranger.
For more information, go to http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/ffchome.htm.