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CAH    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:57:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My neighbor crossed our property line border while harvesting walnut trees and took one of our walnut trees down. Am I wrong to ask to be reimburst? I plan to harvest some trees in 10 years when my son may need money for school. So I lost 10 years growth from the tree. I need to look and make sure they did not take more.

Brad in IN    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:39:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats a common tactic for some logging companies. If the landowner doesn't catch it, its pure profit. If they do, the landowner will usually settle for fair payment for the "oversight".
The Prosecutor's office won't likely want to concern themselves with it. Get your money for it, and watch them if they are still cutting.

Jimbob    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:36:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I misunderstood, I thought the tree was accidently uprooted with large machinery & you have possession. If missing, you bill the person responsible.

lazy Al    Posted 02-11-2003 at 12:38:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel if your cutting trees you better know who's
land your cutting them from .His responibly not yours . Small claims court could give you three times what the trees worth . That's what my neighbor got for his . Takes along time to grow a tree . Once they are gone no way to get them back . My 2 cents worth

Spence    Posted 02-11-2003 at 12:06:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
This looks like a mistake rather than an out and out steal. Are the property lines clearly staked? If not and he's in the lumber business, it seems to me HE had better know where he's cutting.

Walnut trees are not cheap and I've heard that a mature walnut tree will fetch upward 20000$ in the veneer industry. Maybe that's why he took the chance.

Check out the tree's circumference and age by counting the growth rings from the stump, and ask around the lumber mills and try to get an average price for that tree. Present him with the facts then bill him.

sHan    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:01:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
if he is a GOOD nabor than you might want to just let it go it could have been an honist mastake if he is an a$$ and you dont like him then charge him what its worth and see what happens most likly you will have to take him to court if you chose the second option and is it worth the hassle just my 2 cents (and sometimes that aint worth much)shan

fw    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:20:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe the logging co. did it by mistake. i would
find out for sure.

walt    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:11:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
If he's a good neighbor, he should pay you what its worth today because he made a mistake. As far as 10yrs worth of growth. I think you will lose this neighbor as a friend if you do that..

Jimbob    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:42:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unless I witness something first hand, I will let it go if not too serious. But, that's me. Over the years, I found out another opinion can be completely opposite of mine.

CAH-an update    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:57:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the input. I have since found out the landowner had the property manager cut the timber for him. He thought the property line was the fence line, it is actually the center of the crick. I think I will charge him for the market price of the tree but pay his time of cutting and hauling. If I sold the tree myself I would have had those expences. This should be fair to him, and keep us on good terms. Thanks agian for all the help.

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