On July 6th, Brian Grosh was sentenced on his conviction of illegal timber harvest (18 USC § 1852) on park property. This conviction and sentencing stemmed from charges relating to his contracting of a timber company to harvest trees on his own property. However, the harvest operation extended on to park property, resulting in 400 federally-owned trees being removed in the fall of 2007. A tree valuation conducted by the region’s arborist determined the replacement value of the trees at $579,000. The court ordered that Grosh pay $9,000 in restitution, serve 24 months of probation, and perform 100 hours of community service. Grosh was previously convicted and sentenced of simple assault on a ranger during the boundary line investigation relating to this timbering incident.