California Penal Code Section 384.5

384.5. (a) (1) Any person who removes any minor forest products from the property where the products were cut and transports the products upon any public road or highway shall have in the person s possession a valid bill of sale for the products or a written permit issued by the owner of the property from which the products were removed authorizing the removal and transport.

(2) Any such permit or bill of sale shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:

(A) The name, address, and signature of the landowner, and phone number, if available.

(B) The name, address, and signature of the permittee or purchaser.

(C) The amount, species, and type of minor forest products to be removed and transported.

(D) A description sufficient to identify the property from which the minor forest products are to be removed.

(E) The date of issuance of the permit or bill of sale and the duration of the period of time within which the minor forest products may be removed.

(F) Any conditions or additional information which the landowner may impose or include.

(3) Any permit for the removal of minor forest products from public lands that is issued by the United States Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management is sufficient for the purposes of this subdivision, regardless of whether the permit conforms to the specific requirements as to content set forth in paragraph (2).

(4) For the purposes of this subdivision, minor forest products means firewood, posts, shakeboards, shake and shingle bolts, or split products, in quantities exceeding 20 cubic feet in volume, and burlwood or stumps, in quantities of two or more.

(b) This section shall not apply to the transport of any minor forest products carried in a passenger vehicle, as defined in Section 465 of the Vehicle Code.

(c) Violation of subdivision (a) is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than six months or by both that fine and imprisonment.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 225, Sec. 1.)

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