A Cornville resident was recently ordered to pay $1,000 and spend a week in jail for illegal woodcutting, interfering with the law and resisting arrest.
On Jan. 4, a Coconino National Forest ranger discovered David Saimo illegally cutting down an old growth, live alligator juniper tree in the Dry Creek area. Saimo tried to flee the scene, but rangers chased him, and after a brief struggle, he surrendered.
Saimo pled guilty in Flagstaff’s Federal Magistrate Court on Jan. 11 for resisting an officer and illegal woodcutting. The maximum penalty for a Class B misdemeanor such as Siamo’s is six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
The judge fined him $1,000 and placed him on unsupervised probation for two years, during which time he cannot enter a national forest in Arizona. The juniper was more than 100 years old, was the tallest tree in the area and measured over 40 inches in diameter and approximately 60 feet in height.