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The joys of rural property ownership...

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I bought another 30 acres right down the road from where we live last summer. It's in land use, so taxes are nothing.
A beautiful piece of land with a small trout stream. My dream to have.
I month after I buy it, the old fart next door that has a 17 acre contiguous tract next to mine, calls to let me know he's clear cutting the 17 acres. Initially I'm like WXF??

I express my serious concerns since most properties up here in Maine only have a meets and bounds deed.

The big oak tree over by the small pile of rocks, down the hill to the creek bank...that kind. Absolutely worthless.
This is the type of deed shared by both properties.

I send him a certified letter with my concerns, he won't accept it.
He calls and says he's having his daughter and son in law using a phone app to delineate the property lines. I still have serious doubts

SO now the battle begins. Timber trucks going by at 6am pulling the jake brake acting like a retard. Of course my Presa's react on a hair trigger, and go ape sxxx!

Temperatures rising and the possibility for a real conflict is rising also.

FYI, timber up here is BIG business. Someone cuts a bunch of your standing timber, and you're talking thousands, probably tens of thousands of dollars of pinched timber.

My lot is entirely forested with mature and soft and hardwood.
Had to call Maine Forestry Service, have a ranger come out, inspect the job-site and open a complaint.

Meantime I'm paying a surveyor $6K to survey the entire property perimeter. Had to be done eventually anyway.
The sooner you get on and record illegally cut timber stumpage for evidence the better for evidence.

The story continues....
Will update.

Maine Guy
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So you are saying he cant cut his own timber on his 17 acres? I lost something in the translation I guess.
I've had a similar experience as the OP and unless the actual property line is very visibly marked along the actual LEGAL boundary it's fairly easy for a few deviations to happen and cut the other guy's timber, even if it's just a few trees. Using an app on a phone to mark the actual property line should NEVER be acceptable as the LEGAL boundary. The OP is simply protecting what's his and the other guy is getting out on the cheap.
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Down here a timber company wouldn't even start a chainsaw for 17 acres of trees unless they were VERY good timber of a species that's hard to find. It just don't happen down here.
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