Logger loses license over Coonskin Park cleanup
CHARLESTON — A logger accused of illegally timbering in a Kanawha County park has lost his state license.
The Division of Forestry suspended Dave Bowen's license in July and ordered him to mitigate the damage from an unauthorized cut at Coonskin Park. The county had hired Bowen's company, Russell Trucking, to remove debris from the park after the 2012 derecho.
Division of Forestry director Randy Dye tells the Charleston Gazette that Bowen's license has expired and won't be renewed. Dye says Bowen has had numerous violations over the past two years.
Bowen says he had permission to cut trees in the park and he did what the county told him to do.
Park officials say Bowen also cut logging roads and cut and sold as much as $66,000 worth of timber.