ME: Smaller Operations Dislike Logging Law
EJ asks:" Does this law go beyond timber and into subdivided land?"Yes indeed. Before offering land for sale after January 1, 2005 you better consider if any wood from the property has been sold in the previous 5 years. If so, you might want to delay the sale until the 5 years are up or the state gets the profits. Oh, you can cut a little firewood on your own land, but you better not sell any if you intend to sell the land within 5 years. Remember those infamous trip tickets? These are written documentation as to where wood came from. This new law makes use of trip tickets. If you sell some firewood to your neighbor you might be able to get away with it, but it's still against the law. Remember the new rule against new driveways on state roads? Some activists in the town of Falmouth wanted a local ordinance aginst circular driveways. They could not get the law passed in town so they got their state Rep to put in a bill. It was the "Curb Cut Law" and designed for big dollar towns with granite curbs and sidewalks, but the law applies to everybody. It passed with the help of the Maine State Planning office under Evan Richter and Angus was delighted to sign it. During hearings I testified against it and somebody from Great Northern did also. They pointed out that they owned 16 miles of frontage on Route 11. Were they to be limited to one driveway in 16 miles? That's how the original bill read. Big landowners were exempted, but Farmer Jones can't have one driveway in one field and a different driveway to enter the field on the other side of the stream. Farmer Jones has to deal with the DEP to build his own a bridge across the stream. He can't use the bridge his tax dollars helped build.It's called "rural cleansing" folks, and it has been making steady progress since 1971 when Maines land use law was passed. I hope everybody knows that citizens in 52% of Maine can't even vote to elect the functionaries who govern them. Oh, they can vote for President, like citizens of Guam, but they can't have a local planning board or selectmen where they can talk with their peers about a building permit. Iraqi citizens have more rights today than the citizens of Maine's Unorganized Territories.