- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Rimrock man will have to pay the U.S. Forest Service $3,000 for cutting down a 207-year-old alligator juniper tree.

Joshua Favrow pleaded guilty in federal Magistrate Court earlier this month to felling the tree without a permit. He told authorities he cut it down a year ago and returned in June to harvest it so it would appear he was doing so legally.

Favrow says he planned to use the large slabs of wood to make furniture and sell it online.

Favrow also was issued a $500 fine and banned from the Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott national forests while he serves two years of unsupervised probation.

The Forest Service says the tree south of Munds Park dates back to 1807 and could have lived centuries longer.

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