Timber; property owners to send written notice to all adjoining property owners prior to cutting. (HB291)

Introduced By

Del. Joseph Johnson (D-Abingdon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Notice for cutting timber.  Requires the owner of any property on which timber is to be cut to send written notice to all adjoining property owners at least 60 days before cutting timber and to send written certification to the State Forester that such notice was sent at least 45 days before cutting timber. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103149D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/30/2012Referred from Courts of Justice
01/30/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/31/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
02/01/2012Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/14/2012Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Tyler Blount writes:

This bill would have a very deleterious effect on the value of standing timber and is a significant encroachment
on private property rights. Values of standing timber fluctuate widely over a period as small as a few weeks. Requiring 60 days written notice before cutting timber is taking money out of the pocket of the private timberland owner and empowering disgruntled or contentious neighbors to hinder ones benefits from owning timberland. Whatever happened to the self-evident truths that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights... the right to pursuit of happiness was originally to own property but was expanded to include all private business. What business has the state in interfering in private business of private landowners?