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Illegal forest activity costs Sedona man $500

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- After illegally building mountain bike jumps on Coconino National Forest land a Sedona-area man will pay $500 of restitution.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that Tyler Gavigan, 20, had faced being fined up to $5,000, jailed for six months and banned from the forest.

Gavigan pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court. He was cited last September for building the jumps on forest land near his home.

The Forest Service said the site on a steep hillside required extensive work to prevent erosion.

This case is the latest instance of people doing illegal trail work on forest land in the area.

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