Arkansas man pleads guilty to illegally damaging & removing trees from national forest

An Arkansas man pleaded guilty in federal court in mid-April to illegally damaging and removing more than two dozen trees from a national forest.

Jamie R. Edmondson, 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of depredation of government property.

By pleading guilty, Edmondson admitted that he illegally cut and removed 27 walnut and white oak trees in the Mark Twain National Forest in Barry County, Mo., between June 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020, without the permission of the U.S. Forest Service, which owns and manages the national forest. 

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