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.
Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School. While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant. In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology. When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state. She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!