An Act Relating to the Unlawful Cutting of Trees
Sec. 1. 17 MRSA §2510, sub-§§6 and 7 are enacted to read:
The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules pursuant to Title 5, section 375, subsection 2-A.
Knowingly engaging in unlawful cutting of trees is a Class D crime.
This bill provides that a person who violates state law regarding the unlawful cutting of trees more than once must obtain bonding to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and seek approval from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry before commencing any further tree harvesting. This bill creates a new Class D crime of knowingly engaging in the unlawful cutting of trees.