Landowners Want Their Rights 

Under the current law, a 250 foot setback rule is in place on land near shorebird habitat. Some landowners say that’s given the government permission to take their land away.

Meanwhile, property owners who own land within 100-feet of vernal pools, waterfowl or wading bird habitat, and shorebird nesting are protected by the department of environmental protection.

Landowners at Tuesday’s hearing say the law needs to be fair for everyone involved.

Several representatives presented bills which would amend current natural resource protection laws. Including Harold Emery, who represents Washington County. He wants to reduce the setbacks from 250-feet to 100-feet…saying it’s more reasonable but still takes into account the concern for bird habitat…