- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PENOBSCOT, Maine (AP) - The Maine Forest Service says three men have been cited for collecting evergreen boughs without written permission.

Forest Ranger John Cousins tells WNSX-FM that 600 pounds of evergreen tips were seized and summons were issued to the men who thought they had permission to collect the tips on land owned by Haynes Timber.

He says that person who gave permission didn’t have authority to do so. He says that’s why the Maine Forest Service requires so-called “tippers” to get written permission.

Tipping is a big business in Maine. Tippers collect evergreen boughs that are used to make fresh Christmas wreaths, which are shipped across the county.

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