Pendleton, OR - A federal judge has found an Oregon gold miner guilty of illegally camping on the Umatilla National Forest.
The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1fi8fit) that 68-year-old John Wasson set up a year-round camp in 2012 at his claims along the North Fork of the John Day River near Ukiah, and the U.S. Forest Service took him to court.
Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan said Wasson could have followed his notice of intent and left the camp Oct. 30, but he didn't. She also found him guilty of failing to dispose of human waste.
Sullivan fined him $400, suspended if he follows the law and leaves when the Forest Service decides it's time to go.
Sullivan found him not guilty of keeping an unsafe object and of significantly disturbing the site.