Protected maple feller gets hefty fine

On Wednesday, March 27, the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court (SC) refused to initiate cassation proceedings, and a conviction in the case of felling a maple tree came into force, sentencing a man to 100 hours of community service and a fine of €23,650.

The Court had rejected the defendant's version that he had felled the maple tree based on a tree felling permit issued to him.

The Court found that this permit was issued in connection with an earlier application by the accused and authorized the removal of overgrowth, i.e. self-sowing trees and shrubs with a stump diameter of less than 20 centimeters, on agricultural land.

Permission was granted to cut down two maples, while the maple in question was determined to have reached the size of a protected tree and was registered in the Nature Conservation Agency's nature data management system "Ozols".

The defendant, as a person whose property is located in the territory of a nature park, is obliged to learn and observe the conditions and peculiarities of the management of such property, and, when planning any activities on his property, to familiarize himself with the legal regulation of the planned activities, the court said.

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