How close to your property line are the trees you are talking about? Where I am in Florida, if the tree is on both sides of the property line, the tree is literally divided at the property line, meaning a neighbor can shear a tree straight up the property line, even if the main trunk is not on their property. They can also cut out the roots, if the tree can legally be cut down (Florida protects certain species).Anianna wrote:I'm not sure I want to stop him if current state laws don't have a problem with it and the issue isn't an aesthetic one as it is literally in the woods and nobody is going to see it save for my family and maybe a hunter that strays too far from where they should be. I want to know if there are ways to protect my trees and my property from damage done on his property. Is there something I can plant or put in place to ensure the structural integrity of the old-growth trees on my property near where he will cut, for example. Should I dam the creek on my property or is there something else I can do to it to protect it from the timber cutting? Is there anything I can do other than let the damage happen and wait for everything to recover or can I help the environment by putting measures in place to help mitigate the damage in the first place?
Depending upon your local rules, I would focus on the trees nearest the property line and make sure the timber company knows exactly where your property line is and the ramifications of coming onto your property. If you feel very strongly, which it seems you do, I might place a quick single wire fence on my property line with multiple no tresspassing signs on it (posted legally according to your local laws), and take pictures, with a date stamp, of the area pre-cutting. I would also make sure I talked to the foreman of the timber company and let him know how dilligent you are going to be to ensure he doesn;t cross that line.
Since you mentioned you are in the Chesapeake water shed, damnig that creek may get you into all sorts of trouble. Again, check your local ordinances.
Actually, now that I think about it, heavy machinery crossing that creek could be considered a pollutant to the Chesapeake water shed. yYou could look into the as a deterrant, but again, you are picking a fight by doing that.