Tree Cop 

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Illegal wood cutting is rampant on the Six Rivers National Forest. Many get away with it. But if Bobby Phillips catches someone cutting wood without a permit, he’s apt to make him unload the wood on the spot, and of course cite him. Photo by Heidi Walters
After each call into the dispatch center, in Fortuna, Bobby Phillips makes note of the report in a log book. Photo by Heidi Walters
Everywhere, even in the most spectacular of remote, wild places, people dump their junk. Photo by Heidi Walters
Everywhere, even in the most spectacular of remote, wild places, people dump their junk. Photo by Heidi Walters
The control center of Six Rivers National Forest LEO Bobby Phillips’ patrol vehicle includes a Garmin navigation system and a cheat sheet Phillips made for the police phonetic alphabet that the Forest Service uses. Photo by Heidi Walters
Somebody pulled out a Forest Service gate on the Lower Trinity Ranger District. Photo by Heidi Walters
More trash fouling the Six. Phillips digs through illegal dumps such as this to find incriminating identification Illegal dumps occur continuously on the forest, and if the dumper isn’t caught the Forest Service has to clean it up. Photo by Heidi Walters
Tim Moore, the campground host at Camp Kimtu in Willow Creek, has no problem reporting do-badders to Bobby Phillips. “The campground hosts are the eyes and ears for the Forest Service,” he says. Photo by Heidi Walters
Bobby Phillips will gas up at the Chevron in Willow Creek sometimes, where clerk Mindy Lovel often confers with him. She asks him about fishing regulations and tells him about stuff going on in her neighborhood. Photo by Heidi Walters
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Illegal wood cutting is rampant on the Six Rivers National Forest. Many get away with it. But if Bobby Phillips catches someone cutting wood without a permit, he’s apt to make him unload the wood on the spot, and of course cite him. Photo by Heidi Walters

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