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Logger ordered to pay $10,000 for repeated violations

December 18, 2019 GMT

BRADFORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire logger has been ordered to pay $10,000 for repeated violations to the state’s forestry laws.

Officials said in a joint statement Tuesday that this is the first civil penalty imposed on a logger in Bradford under the state’s Enhanced Penalty Timber Law.

Under the 2011 bill, the state’s Forest Protection Bureau and attorney general can seek financial penalties for repeated logging violations in a seven-year period, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. Fines are calculated on a point system, where each conviction can earn up to three points. The money collected from civil penalties is placed in a fund for forest protection.

Officials say Michael Carter has pleaded guilty to nine forestry-related offenses over a span of two years.