Note – This post was first published on Sept. 20. It has been updated as new information becomes available -
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This week, the Daily Mail obtained the stump survey report from the Division of Forestry, which revealed a total of 337 trees cut by Russell Trucking in Coonskin Park this summer. An additional 23 trees were damaged.
I thought anyone interested may want to take a look at the report, so I’ve included it below.
We’ll continue to provide more information as it becomes available.
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Below is a timeline of Daily Mail coverage of the Coonskin timbering since it was first presented to the parks commission in June. Note that the corresponding dates refer to when the story was published.
June 25 – Questions about derecho cleanup at Coonskin Park are raised by frequent park visitor Margaret Zaleski at a parks commission meeting.
July 9 – County Commission President Kent Carper said Russell Trucking made $66,000 from the timber sale. Further, Russell Trucking did not have a valid business license and owed over $100,000 in back taxes.
July 17 – The Division of Forestry directs Russell Trucking to begin remediation work.
Aug. 12 – Cpl. Brian Humphreys said the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the timbering, and the Division of Forestry conducts a survey of the damage.
Aug. 22 – Jeff Hutchinson reveals the majority of the trees were not set to be cut.
Sept. 20 – Division of Forestry numbers from the division’s stump survey are obtained by the Daily Mail.
Oct. 17 – County parks officials decide to place discussion of a potential civil suit against Bowen on the agenda for the commission’s November meeting.
Nov. 21 – The parks commission votes to offer David Bowen and Russell Trucking repay the park around $150,000 in damages or the parks commission will sue. Some commissioners and members of the public still had questions about how Bowen was able to make off with so many trees from the park.