Forest Service: Watch Out For Timber Scams

Published On: Oct 10 2011 06:42:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 13 2011 01:55:39 AM CDT

The Texas Forest Service is urging East Texas landowners to watch out for timber scams.

Law enforcement said that they usually see an increased number of timber sale scams when the economy is struggling.

Recent scams involve buyers telling landowners that their trees are dying and then pushing them to sell their timber early. The buyer harvests the timber but never pays the seller.

State tree experts said it was too early to know how many trees will die because of the drought conditions or how many trees could make a comeback next spring.

If you choose to sell your timber now, Texas Forest Service has developed a list of tips to help you do so safely.

For a list of consulting foresters, contact your local Texas Forest Service office.