Iowa lumber company will have to pay the state $26,000

An Iowa based lumber company will have to pay the state $26,000 for harvesting lumber from a state forest.

According to a report, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said in late 2013 a lumber company bought the rights to harvest trees on private land. The land was adjacent to Stephens State Forest in Lucas County.

A logger testified that he only removed marked trees but later noticed he was encroaching on state property and told the company.

A state forestry technician noticed numerous fresh stumps in the state forest. The forester said that 131 trees of mostly white oak, red oak, and black walnut were removed from state property.