West Obsessed: How Forest Service agents busted a maple-poaching gang

The writers and editors of High Country News discuss Washington’s timber crime.


How did an anonymous tip, DNA evidence and a century-old conservation law help the Forest Service take down a gang of maple poachers? In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Editor-in-chief Brian Calvert and Publisher Paul Larmer bring HCN correspondent Ben Goldfarb into the studio to talk about his recent feature on an illegal timber-poaching gang in Washington. 

“West Obsessed” is an occasional audio series produced in collaboration with KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of High Country News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter. Subscribe to the podcast on: Google PlayiTunesSoundcloudStitcher

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