ALBANY, Ore. - Deputies who work in Oregon's forests say they're sometimes amazed at what people plunder from the woods.
Deputies in Linn and Benton counties tell the Albany Democrat-Herald the list ranges from firewood and moss, which are common, to truffles and morel mushrooms for the gourmet market, on to plants for flower arrangements and or medicinal purposes, such as the tree bark stripped off one species for use as a laxative.
In the words of deputy Brandon Fountain of Linn County: "If it grows out here, somebody's probably taking it."
Fountain says he stopped a suspect a few weeks ago with 600 pounds of moss in a pickup. He says the illegally harvested product was intended eventually for a national retailer to go for $9 for less than a pound.