CORNER BROOK A man who cut down and removed wood from an area within Gros Morne National Park has been convicted of offences under the Nationalâ€ˆParks Act.
Llewellyn Pittman of Rocky Harbour was caught by a park warden with dead wood and green birch on Feb. 22.
The warden had followed snowmobile tracks, which appeared to be towing a sleigh, through an area where there were signs of recently cut wood near Stag Pond. Both types of wood were found in a sleigh being towed by Pittman when the warden caught up to him near Neilâ€™s Pond. There was fresh sawdust on Pittmanâ€™s mitts and pants.
During testimony in court, Pittman agreed he had cut the wood in the area identified, and that he did not have a permit. Pittman testified the parkâ€™s boundaries are not clearly marked, and other people were cutting in the same area. He said the area was used by people who live within the park boundaries for years, so he thought he didnâ€™t need a permit.
Pittman was convicted by Judge Wayne Gorman of damaging and removing flora from a national park without a permit. He committed two offences under the act.