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Forest Rangers Catch Illegal Tippers


DEBLOIS - Maine is known for it's forests, with the fir tree providing a holiday industry all across the state. Our Erin Thomas rode along with a Maine Forest Ranger to see how they enforce evergreen tipping.

Wreaths and garland are generally symbols of the holiday season, but collecting the  evergreen bows used in making these decorations can be a lucrative business.

Tipping requires a permit, from either a company or private landowner. But not everyone follows the rules.

Ranger Jasmine Hammond says Forest Rangers look for fresh tire tracks and signs of human activity in the woods.

If caught without a permit, tippers can be fined up to $500, and face additional charges if found guilty of damaging trees.

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