The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is urging property landowners to be aware of timber theft.
Reports show rising timber prices, and the value of individual species, have enticed thieves to steal timber across the state.
Agriculture Crime Unit Special Agent, LaLonna Kuehn, said reports have already been made for the theft of oak, poplar and some hickory trees in Middle Tennessee.
State Forester David Arnold said timber theft can be financially devastating to a landowner, while usually also resulting in damage to the property.
Steps to safeguard against timber theft is a well-marked property boundary, along with a timber inventory with an estimated value.
The Department of Agriculture said whether timber theft is intentional, or accidental, it is a crime that can carry a civil penalty of double or triple the current market value.