North Glengarry clear cutting bylaw under review

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

ALEXANDRIA – A law aimed at protecting large treed areas of North Glengarry is under review.

The township has put its clear cutting bylaw out for public review for two weeks starting today (June 18).

The law would not affect people cutting down individual trees as it’s aim is to stop the cutting of trees in areas larger than 2.5 acres (one hectare).

In order to clear cut, a landowner would have to submit an application and pay a fee of $50 per acre up to $500 in order to cut.

The proposed law would also give municipal authorities the ability to issue a stop work order and order rehabilitation of the area or replanting of trees.

Fines would be up to $10,000 for an individual and up to $100,000 for a business after conviction.

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