Concord, NH – November 5, 2009 — In a sign that the Department of Environmental Services (DES) may be planning to step up enforcement of the Shoreland Protection Act, DES Commissioner Tom Burack today announced the payment of $23,000 fine by a Highland Lake property owner. Highland Lake is in Washington, N.H.
The property owner, Michael Kane, agreed to pay the fine for failing to maintain the woodland buffer on the lake, for stumping within 50 feet of the reference line and for failing to comply with a DES Administrative Order that required him to remediate the damage.
DES began investigating Kane in 2003 after receiving a complaint about the cutting of trees, removal of vegetation and stumping along his shoreline. A year later he was ordred to to submit a restoration plan. When he didn’t comply, he was hit with the $23,000 fine and a new demand that he submit a plan to restore the damage.
In the announcement today, DES said that in addition to receiving Kane’s payment, the property has now been restored.