Since a lot of problems occur where there are wood lots that are either accessed by or crossed by discontinued roads, I thought it might be useful to include statutes that relate to timber trespass. Maine ROADWays strives to work with people on both sides of this issue - that is, we support responsible loggers whose access to their wood lot is subject to damage by others, and we also support residents whose home access is threatened when the road is also used for logging. We find that when the two groups work together amicably, there is a much better chance of a mutually agreeable end result. Since "good fences make good neighbors," knowing the boundaries and ground rules will go a long way towards keeping conflicts to a minimum. And as with many of the statutes ROADWays deals with, they aren't all found in one place, but are scattered between Title 14, Court Procedure, and Title 17, Crimes. So to make them easier to find, here they are in one place.
Title 14 §7551-B. Trespass damages
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR TIMBER HARVESTING
If you really want to delve into this subject in detail, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry has a publication that details the Rules and Regulations for Timber Harvesting. Of special interest is the section on standards for timber harvesting and related activities in shoreland zones. You can find it through the link above, or go there directly by clicking HERE.