" " " Maine's Waterfront Real Estate News: Replacement of Trees Cut in Shoreland Areas

Friday, February 8, 2008

Replacement of Trees Cut in Shoreland Areas

In Late 2007, a new law went into effect that is intended to address a growing concern that developers, property owners, or others have illegally removed trees in shoreland zoned areas, in some cases paid a nominal fine without being required to mitigate the violation by replanting trees. In many cases the the violater has created a view that results in an increased property value far higher than the monetary penalty assessed. The law aims to discourage others from having the attitude they can purchase a clearing to the water, and ultimately help retain the scenic character of Maine's shoreline. For guidelines on clearing vegetation, go paragraph #15 of the "Common Questions" section of our website http://www.waterfrontpropertiesofmaine.com/ -- or for more specific information on this new law, go to http://www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/docstand/sz/is-restoration.htm...