From the Texas Forest Service:
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Over the past four month, more than 20 timber theft cases have been reported in East Texas from Newton to Bowie Counties.
Approximately one-third of the more than 200,000 family forest landowners in East Texas are absentee forest landowners. This, plus the rising price of timber makes property vulnerable and easily accessible to timber thieves.
Timber theft is a crime and it affects everyone. Timber owners suffer monetary loss, but everyone stands to lose as the natural resource is taken without reforestation methods in place to ensure a new forest for the future.
In Texas, many timber theft cases involve absentee landowners who are susceptible because they aren’t around to protect their property. In these cases, the thief is often long gone by the time the crime is discovered.