The violations resulted from harvesting by Gerhard Grignon of Athens on a parcel of land in Palmyra.
Harvest operations on the 128-acre parcel resulted in an unplanned, 30-acre clearcut that did not have a harvest plan prepared by a licensed forester prior to harvest as required by the state’s Forest Practices Act.
MFS Regional Enforcement Coordinator Jim Ecker stated that both parties told MFS that they did not intend to violate the law.
“These types of violations often result from inadequate harvest planning by the landowner and logging contractor,” Ecker noted. “When absentee landowners do not have a plan, unintentional creation of clearcuts and Forest Practices Act violations often occur.”
“Our goal is to improve the management of Maine’s forests,” Doug Denico, Maine Forest Service director, said. “Our agency focuses on educating and informing landowners to reduce the possibility of such violations. But, when violations do occur, we have a responsibility to uphold the law and to enforce the Forest Practices Act. We take this and our other responsibilities very seriously.”