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State Reports Rise in East Texas Timber Thefts

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    Steve Ryan
    Timber companies in the Sierra won't actually have to change their industrial logging practices in order to profit from trading carbon credits.

    State forestry officials say there's been a surge in reported timber thefts in East Texas woodlands.

    A statement Wednesday from the Texas A&M Forest Service says more than 20 timber theft cases have been reported from the Red River in the Ark-La-Tex to almost the Gulf coast of Southeast Texas.

    What's making the timber easy pickings is the fact that one-third of the more than 200,000 family forest landowners I East Texas don't live on the land and aren't around to guard their timber stands.

    The state recommends property owners have trusted persons report any cutting, never sign a contract without checking a buyer's references, insist on getting bids for the timber, mark all property lines and enlist the help of advisers, if necessary, to help in the sale.