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N.H. Obtains First Enhanced Penalty For Logging Violations

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A logger in Bradford is being ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for repeated violations of the state’s forestry laws.

The so-called enhanced penalty is the first of its kind in New Hampshire.

Under a bill passed in 2011, the Forest Protection Bureau and Attorney General can seek additional financial penalties against individuals with multiple forestry-related convictions during a seven-year period of time.

The fines are calculated based on a point system, with more severe violations earning more points.

State officials say that Michael Carter pled guilty to nine separate offenses between 2013-2015. The Department of Justice petitioned the Merrimack Superior Court in 2018 to order the enhanced penalty. A judge ordered the penalty in October 2019.

The money will be placed in a fund for forest protection. 

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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