$65,000 in fines and fees for unlawful harvest of Crown timber
Convicted - 8741859 Canada Inc., Darrel Christensen, Ingolf Christensen, Nicolas Krucker
Location - Appleby Township, Municipality of St. Charles
Description of Offence - Unlawful harvesting of timber in a Crown forest without the required forest resource licence
Date of Offence - Between April 1 and November 1, 2016
Date of Conviction - July 13, 2018
Penalty Imposed - Darrel Christensen was fined $25,000. 8741859 Canada Inc. was ordered to pay the $40,000 stumpage fee of the harvested timber. Ingolf Christensen and Nicolas Krucker each received a suspended sentence.
Background - On October 31, 2016, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff received a public complaint about the illegal harvest of timber on Crown land in Appleby Township. An investigation determined that over 3,600 trees were illegally cut from 27 hectares of Crown land between April 1 and November 1, 2016. The ministry seized all logs located at the landing area of the operation, which amounted to five truckloads of red and white pine. The ministry calculated that the total volume of timber harvested would require the payment of a $40,000 stumpage fee, funds that are used for the renewal and management of Crown forests.