Machiasport man agrees to $2,000 fine for clear-cut violation

Posted April 29, 2011, at 3:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Machiasport man has agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty for clear-cutting on his land in violation of state tree-harvesting laws.

Todd Purington entered into an agreement with the Maine Forest Service to resolve the violation that involved a clear-cut created by improper harvest operations completed without a plan.

Under the settlement agreement, Purington agreed to pay the civil penalty and have a licensed forester prepare an after-the-fact harvest plan for the violation site, according to MFS.

Purington told the Maine Forest Service that he did not intend to create a clear-cut, Tom Whitworth, MFS regional enforcement coordinator, said in a prepared statement.

“Purington was very cooperative and took full responsibility for the violation,” Whitworth said.

“These types of violations often result from inadequate harvest planning and supervision. When landowners harvest to the minimum requirements of the Forest Practices Act but fail to leave adequate residual trees, it can result in the unintentional creation of clearcuts and forest practices law violations.”

The investigation and settlement negotiations were led by Whitworth and carried out by Maine Forest Service staff.

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