A 70-year-old man made Christmas decorations from the tops of black spruce trees he got from the Chippewa National Forest. It turns out this is illegal.
From October 2008 to October 2014, Joseph Leon Edminster cut more than 2,700 tree tops, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. They were worth at least $24,000 in total.
Cutting or damaging timber is prohibited on National Forest land without proper authorization. Edminster didn’t have the “authority to take the tree tops from federal lands,” the release said.