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View from the blog-o-sphereMow Wetlands? You Can In Virginia!

Wetlands Watch – April 2, 2014
Most folks would say that mowing wetlands is a bad idea, at best.  Destroys the plant, the habitat value, the storm surge protection – a bone headed move.

But in Virginia the right to be a bone head on your property’s wetlands is protected by law and administrative action.  Virginia law says a property owner can mow their non-tidal wetlands without a permit – protected by state statue.  For tidal wetlands, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission says it is OK as well, interpreting an archaic protection for a farmer’s right to hay and graze on wetlands as allowing a waterfront property owner to mow to the water’s edge. For full story, click here.

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