(AP) — An increase in the theft of slippery elm bark has led law enforcement officers to increase patrols in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
A statement from the Forest Service in Winchester says officials are also asking the public to watch for and report the theft of slippery elm bark or any other natural resource from national lands.
Daniel Boone National Forest botanist David Taylor says every year there's an increase in the number of slippery elms that are stripped of their bark, killing the trees. He said some people use the bark as a medicinal herb.
Taylor says taking slippery elm bark or any other natural resource from a national forest without a permit is illegal.
Thefts can be reported to the Forest Service by calling 859-745-3100.