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Theft and Vandalism in Western Washington Forests

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A survey of forest landowners and logging operators indicates that approximately one million dollars is lost annually to theft. vandalism, and trespass in the forested areas of western Washington. The problem is most acute on private lands where losses of band tools and chain saws are most significant. Heavy equipment is most often the target of vandals. Greatest losses occur in conjunction with hunting seasons during the fall months, with about as many incidents occurring during darkness as in daylight hours. Heaviest losses occur on weekends. Areas having a watchman on duty incurred only 3 percent of total losses. Combined losses from theft and vandalism were greater in areas where gates were supposedly locked in nonoperating hours than occurred in areas where no attempt was made to control access.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director, Forest Protection, Washington Forest Protection Assoc., Seattle

Publication date: 1970-07-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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