An Eldee man has been fined $4,000 for an offence under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.

Brandon Illerbrun pleaded guilty to unlawfully removing Crown wood from a forestry operation on Crown land. In addition to the fine, Illerbrun was given two years of probation.

Court heard that in November 2014, an employee of a local forestry company observed Illerbrun at a logging operation in Poitras Township. Illerbrun was cutting and removing wood from a pile that was harvested by the forestry company. Illerbrun did not have permission to remove the wood.

Justice of the Peace Monique Mechefske heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on November 16, 2016.

The public is reminded that Crown wood can only be removed from a Crown forest with a fuel wood permit issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).