Father: "I Wasn't Involved In Logging Job"; Son Charged

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

Update: 3/22/2012 6:45 P.M.

Cyril Pletcher, Junior, who everyone knows as "Bud" Pletcher, has been in the logging business since 1980. But he believes he's now been unfairly targeted, because of comments made by Elizabeth Moore. Pletcher says, not only was he not involved in logging on her ravenswood-area property, he has had little contact with her.

"The only time I saw her trees, is when we were cutting on our side of the property. I looked over and saw her trees, and that's as close as I have ever been to her property."

The person with whom Moore entered into a contract was Pletcher's son, who Pletcher says left his company beforehand. Pletcher says his son made that contract on his own, with no involvement from his father.

"I saw a copy of the contract Mrs. Moore showed me, and his name, Cyril C. Pletcher the third, is on it," Bud Pletcher says. "He was representing himself."

That's something with which the West Virginia Division of Forestry agrees. Forester Vernon Stephens told us late Thursday afternoon that the younger pletcher is accused of three misdemeanors: not having a timber license and not having a certified logging license, and failure to notify state foresters of having a logging operation.
Stephens also said his father is not part of the forestry division's investigation.

The elder Pletcher maintains the controversy has hurt his business.

"The people we actually work for, they've had 2-300 phone calls asking why they have thieves working for them, Pletcher says. "It's going to hurt their business down the road, when we didn't have anything to do with it."

Moore is seeking the five thousand dollars she says she was promised in her contract, for the removal of the trees from her property. Bud Pletcher says that's something she will have to work out with his son, who we have not been able to reach for comment.
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Late last year, Elizabeth Moore was asked by an area logging company for permission to clear timber on her land, located just outside Ravenswood. She says she was offered a contract which was to pay her $5,000. Moore says she later was told the timber was valued at more than twice that amount.

"A forester who specializes in assessing this sort of thing," Moore noted, "says the logging company took almost $17,000 worth of timber, and that they left the property ravished."

When we contacted the forester, he told us he would not discuss the issue, without a Freedom of Information Act request. We tried to reach the contractor by phone, but when we called the number on the report Moore provided us, we got a recording saying it was no longer in service. Moore now believes she should have contacted the West Virginia Division of Forestry before signing a contract.

"A lot of times, people are unaware that they do have certain guidelines, and there are professionals who (do this) free of charge," she says. "So, feel free to call the forestry department."

A representative of a local forestry company who inspected the property said he found "a general disregard by the loggers" for the land, safety and whatever timber was left over.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM
    Adtkins Timber is crooked as they come. Just do your homework!
  • by Beth Location: Malta,OH on Mar 22, 2012 at 08:50 PM
    There are good and bad in every business. The news media needs to research a little farther before running their stories. I have known Mr. Pletcher for 20 years and he is a very hard working, honest man. His logging company and the company he works for should not have to take the blunt of this "unresearched" news article. File your complaint with the court and if there is a breech of contract the court will deal with it accordingly. Don't ruin the "honest man's" reputation for another's wrong doing.
  • by Think on Mar 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
    Make them pay you up front. If they want the timber, they'll pay. Always check them out first, some of these so called companies are no more than a few guys scamming you. They don't even have a business legally and pay the workers in cash to avoid getting caught. Get references and check them. Get company history, check with the court house to see if they are getting leases and deeds correctly, ask to see their business license and write down the number from it. These fly by night, cutters that are not legal, have no regard for you, your land, or the safety of their workers. I'd err on the side of caution, if they can't or won't produce everything asked for, they don't get the timber. If you are wanting your timber cut, shop around for legit companies, they do exist. Let them compete with each other to get your timber. You'll be paid fairly and the land will be reclaimed accordingly. Never take some guys word that knocks on your door.
  • by Neil Shumaker Location: Vincent on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    I had my land timbered in the 90s by a man named Erb in Lower Salem and he slit every thing down the middle.He showed me his logging records and we did it on a hand shake,one of the best people I've ever met.To bad we have some scumbags out there to!
  • by fred Location: st,marys wv. on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:04 AM
    people do your home work,check out the company first. ask other land owners,they have cut on then check with the forestry dept.there is a good chance they cut on someones land nearby.that how they knew she had good timber.and remember always get in writing. the days of hand shakes and someones word are long gone.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    almost 5 acres of my property was timbered without my knowledge until 6 months later never got a dime no attorneys would take case because all had at one time or another had represented the logger
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      by Miguel on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM in reply to
      Sounds like you need to look outside of you local area for an attorney.
  • by ziptie Location: Pksbg on Mar 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    Yeah, everyone complains about oil and gas. Those guys are essentially unregulated, have no reclamation requirements that are enforced and no longer pay severance tax :(
  • by Eh? on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    I know math is hard...but the "almost $17,000" worth of timber sounds like more than three times as much as the $5000 she was paid not "twice" as much (as reported). $5,000 x (twice as much) = $10,000.
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      by John Fortney on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to Eh?
      She was not paid anything from the logging company. She signed a contract which said she would be paid $5,000. So far, not a dime, the division of forestry is investigating. So, beware of logging operations who make promises. Sincerely, John Fortney
  • by judd Location: little hocking oh on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    People need some protection from their state on both the timber and drilling industry to prevent the industry lowlifes from taking advantage of the individuals. $5m seemed like a lot of money, but when you find out later you have been ripped off, it is sad.
  • by William Location: Belpre on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    I bet this is Adkins Timber company. I know a lot of people they have ripped off .They tried to rip us off but we put them in their place. They give the Timber business a bad name.
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      by anne on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM in reply to William
      It was Pletcher and Son who cheated me.
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