- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State and federal criminal investigations have launched into the destruction of nearly 100 trees at an unauthorized housing development in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1JcYLFj ) forest rangers from Salt Lake County and the U.S. Forest Service are trying to determine how a tree-removal crew went on to cut down more than 60 trees on the proposed Silver Hill subdivision in Silver Fork, a dozen trees on a neighboring property and 17 in the adjacent national forest.

The county maintains that Silver Hill shouldn’t have brought a crew into the area, because the developer wasn’t authorized to begin work.

Silver Hill’s project engineer has said the developer warned the crew against cutting certain trees on neighboring land.

It isn’t yet clear who will face potential criminal liability.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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