An Act To Require the Replacement of Trees Cut in Shoreland Areas (2007)

Trees in shoreland zones provide a number of important benefits including wildlife habitat, shade, woody debris, and buffers for water quality. In some cases, people who want to enhance their view of a waterbody are willing to pay a fine for illegally cutting down trees in these areas. This bill requires a person who cuts a tree or other vegetation in violation of the law, to replace the tree or vegetation with a plant of similar size and species. In addition, the violator must submit a reforestation plan to the municipality. Timber harvesting is exempted from the requirements.

Senate Votes

District Name Vote

House Votes

District Name Vote
109 Susan M. W. Austin
140 Christopher W. Babbidge
67 Seth A. Berry
101 Richard M. Cebra
16 Margaret M. Craven
95 H. Sawin Millett Jr.
31 Anne C. Perry
143 John L. Tuttle