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Regulating Tree-Cutting  
PDF CT DEP Victorious before the State Supreme Court: Mellon Tree-Cutting Subject to CEPA Relief.
By Assistant Attorney General Janet P. Brooks
PDF Damages for Wetlands Violations: Lesson from Ventres v. Mellon,
by Mark K. Branse, Esq; The Habitat, Fall 2005
  Preserved But Not Protected, Connecticut’s Council on Environmental Quality; 2005 Special Report .

Cutting on Wetlands and Other Preserved Land Connecticut’s preserved lands are under siege, according to, Preserved But Not Protected, a recent report by Connecticut’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The most common problem is illegal tree-cutting, but there are many other illegal actions to conservation lands owned by the state, municipalities, land trusts and other private entities. While evidence for encroachment of public and preserved land is easy to document there is a lack of legal recourse available to defend against them. Here are two articles on a recent Connecticut Supreme Court case involving the illegal cutting of 340 trees in wetlands on land owned by the East Haddam Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Both articles and CEQ’s Special Report are instructive for both Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commissions.





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