Boundary Locating and Marking

Many landowners have only a vague idea of where at least some of their
boundaries lie. Boundaries need to be well marked to protect the property
from trespass and encroachment.  

Connwood Foresters, Inc. uses maps, compass, measuring tapes and
metal detector to accurately locate boundary lines and corners. We can
also do deed/survey research at government offices to find difficult
boundaries.

Once located Connwood can then delineate boundary lines by identifying
them with markings. The standard for marking boundaries is the use of
paint marks. These are hand-sized paint marks at eye-level. Trees within
arm’s length of the boundaries are blazed, with the blazes facing the
boundary line. Trees that fall directly on the boundary receive a front and
back blaze in the direction of the line. The blazes should be given a new
coat of paint every 5 years. Custom signs can also be hung about every
100 feet to communicate anything the landowner desires, like ‘Nature
Preserve’ or ‘No Hunting’.

There are two big reasons why finding and clearly marking your boundaries
is essential:

1.        To avoid trespassing on or cutting your neighbors' trees. Fuzzy lines
and corners may not be a problem while land is idle, but can quickly
become hot topics once trail building, timber cutting or wildlife enhancement
work begins.

2.        To avoid having your neighbor trespass or cut your trees.
Connecticut's timber trespass law (Central Statute 52-560) states that:

any person who cuts, destroys or carries away any trees, timber or
shrubbery standing or lying On the land of another . . . without license of
the owner . . . shall pay to the party injured five times the reasonable value
of any tree intended for sale or use as a Christmas tree and three times the
reasonable value of any other tree, timber or shrubbery;
but when the
court is satisfied that the defendant was guilty through mistake

(emphasis ours) . . . it shall render judgment for no more than its
reasonable value.

History has shown that when boundaries are unmarked and trees are cut
without the owner's consent, it's not that difficult to convince a court that
one was "guilty through mistake." Thus, if your boundaries are unmarked
you're essentially inviting anyone interested to "purchase" your timber for
"its reasonable value."


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