ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Pecos men have pleaded guilty [auth] to unlawful logging in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest.
Prosecutors say 27-year-old Kevin J. Quintana and 28-year-old Kevin C. Vigil both pleaded guilty Wednesday to the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully cutting and destroying trees growing on federal public lands.
Both men were sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay almost $1,500 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service.
Authorities say the money will be used for reforestation projects and community awareness to deter future timber crimes.
Quintana and Vigil also are required to forfeit the chain saws they used in last year’s incident.
The two men admitted to cutting and harvesting 15 spruce pine trees from the forest in San Miguel County on Nov. 3 without the proper permits.