(a) Every person, firm, or corporation who, without the written consent of the person
holding legal title to land or to an interest in land as security for debt, as shown
by the public records of the county where such land is located, buys, sells, cuts,
removes, holds, disposes of, changes the form of, or otherwise converts to the use
of himself, itself, or another any trees growing or grown on such land shall be liable
to the holder of the legal title for such trees, in any form, bought, sold, cut, removed,
held, disposed of, changed in form, or otherwise converted by him or it, or for the
value of such trees, provided that recovery may not be for more than the unpaid portion
of the secured indebtedness, interest thereon, and a reasonable attorney's fee. Recovery may be had by action at law from one who purchases, without the consent of
the holder of the legal title, such interest in the trees, mineral or other rights,
or interest in the encumbered real estate, either jointly or severally, with the holder
of the equitable title.
(b) The equitable owner of the land shall be allowed to use the timber for his own
use, such as for firewood or other necessary uses of timber in and around his farm.
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