CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The unlicensed company that cleared storm debris from Coonskin Park earlier this summer cut 337 trees and damaged another 23, according to a survey by the state Division of Forestry.
Only 30 of those trees were actually supposed to be cut down as part of Russell Trucking's derecho cleanup efforts in the park, according to the survey.
The Daily Mail obtained the document Thursday afternoon.
The estimated market value of the cut timber is more than $100,000, Kanawha County Parks Commission legal counsel Chuck Bailey said. That's significantly higher than earlier estimates of $66,000. Earlier in the day, members of the parks commission discussed the situation during a regular monthly meeting. Bailey said he received the figures late Wednesday, but wasn't able to review them in time for the meeting.
"It was quite a lengthy thing to review," he said.
In May, the parks commission allowed Russell Trucking to remove debris from the 2012 derecho for free, providing the company could keep the debris. There was no written contract and the trees designated for cutting weren't marked in any way.
A park visitor later raised concerns that Russell Trucking did more than remove debris - it cut down healthy trees, too. In addition, Russell Trucking's heavy equipment tore up part of the loop road through the shelter area and created paths similar to logging roads through the forest.
It was later discovered Russell Trucking's state business license was revoked in late 2012 and the company owed more than $100,000 in taxes.
Bailey said he would soon make a recommendation on whether to pursue legal action against David Bowen, owner of Russell Trucking, by the parks commission's next meeting.
Kanawha County commissioners began their own investigation in July, and Commission President Kent Carper said his office found that some of the lumber was sold to a sawmill for $66,000.
In August, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department began a criminal investigation. No charges have yet been filed in connection with that investigation.
Cpl. Brian Humphreys said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing, but he couldn't reveal more details.