Rimrock man receives fines, probation for cutting down 207-year-old juniper

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A Rimrock man received fines and probation for cutting down a 207-year-old juniper tree on the Coconino National Forest.

On June 6, Joshua Favrow was in the process of illegally cutting an old-growth alligator juniper tree south of Munds Park when a citizen reported it to a nearby Forest Service law enforcement officer.

Favrow admitted to cutting the live tree a year ago, thinking that when he returned this year it would appear he was legally harvesting dead and down wood, according to the Forest Service.

He was using the large slabs to make furniture to sell.

The old-growth juniper tree Favrow destroyed dated back to 1807. Forest Service officials said the tree could have remained alive for many more centuries if it had not been cut down.

"These are rare treasures on National Forest land that have been taken away from us,” said Jon Nelson, patrol captain of the Northern Arizona Zone.

Favrow was cited for illegally cutting timber and conducting a business without a permit on the Coconino National Forest.

Favrow pleaded guilty in Flagstaff's Federal Magistrates Court on Sept. 9 for cutting the old-growth juniper. He was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, fined $500 and owes $3,000 in restitution to the Forest Service.