Branson Man Faces Federal Charges for Cutting Down Trees

by: Harrison Keegan, Ozarks FIrst/Springfield News-Leader

A Taney County man has admitted to illegally cutting down trees on federal land and then selling wooden posts to a sawmill.

Christian Gilbert, 24, pleaded guilty in August to theft of government property, a federal misdemeanor crime.

This past fall and winter, Gilbert cut down numerous eastern red cedar trees from land owned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers near Beaver Creek, according to a plea agreement in his case.

The plea agreement says Gilbert then sold the timber to sawmills in the area – including 381 posts to one sawmill in Bradleyville.

On Feb. 20, a witness spotted Gilbert sawing timber on Corps land and called law enforcement.

Gilbert also faces state charges in the case.

To read the full article, go to the Springfield News-Leader’s website.

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