A division of Jasper Wyman and Son has been fined $65,000 by state officials for illegal clear-cuts on portions of a property in Washington County.
A company official attributed the violations to contractor error.
Officials with the Maine Forest Service said several clear-cuts were made on a 6,000-acre parcel in Deblois and Cherryfield without adequate separation zones or harvest plans prepared by a licensed forester, as required by state law.
The $65,000 fine against C&D Corp. is the largest penalty ever assessed under the Maine Forest Practices Act. The Deblois-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wyman, the country’s largest supplier of wild blueberries.
Tom Whitworth, regional enforcement coordinator with the Maine Forest Service, said such violations are often the result of inadequate planning and supervision.
“Landowners should seek professional assistance from a licensed forester and employ a timber sale contract to ensure that harvests meet the landowners’ objectives,” Whitworth said in a statement. “When harvests are implemented to meet only the minimum requirements of the state’s forest practices laws, it can result in the unintentional creation of clear-cuts and violations of those laws.”
Nat Lindquist, vice president of operations at Wyman, said a contractor did not follow instructions and allowed logging crews to create three large clear-cuts on the property. Lindquist declined to name the contractor but said C&D Corp. accepted responsibility for the violation.
“As landowner, we were liable,” Lindquist said Tuesday. “We paid the fine.”
Lindquist said the C&D Corp. has been doing selective logging on lands for about four years. The harvesting involved in the violation was to supply a biomass boiler, he said.
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