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Injustice ignored by CDF, sheriff, The Union

With all our worldwide problems, many of us must be diligent and try to address injustices close to home.

Right here in Nevada County we have a developer who drives over and cuts trees on adjoining property without the landowner’s knowledge or consent. This has happened to me twice, by the same guy. He wants better views over Nevada City for his lots, adding a large financial gain for himself and owners of the property he is developing.

After he cuts down my trees he profusely apologizes and offers me the timber value of my tree, minus his harvesting costs. He received thousands of dollars worth of land improvement and offers a few hundred to make up for his trespass and theft.

Here is how it works: He sends the logs from my tree to a mill. The mill pays him for my tree. Then he pays me the timber value of my tree. Minus his cost!

Result: He gets the view at no cost. The property owners don’t seem to mind either. Pretty good racket, huh?

I asked the Nevada County Sheriffs twice to come out right after the last trespass and theft. They would not. The California Department of Forestry violation will extract no penalty, even though both times he logged the property and stole my trees, he had no harvesting permit or licensed timber operator. The Union will not print the story because the developer threatened to sue them for ruining his reputation. I wonder how he justifies his actions with the thought that public knowledge of them would ruin his reputation. To top it all off, the local contractors association has ignored my complaint.

So here I am, a 72-year-old woman, trying to maintain my home and property, where we raised our kids, and care for my husband who is in a nursing home – all on a limited income.

This I don’t need! It is wrong! What can I do?

Mary Louise Williams

Nevada City

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