88.14 DISPOSAL OF SLASHINGS AND DEBRIS.
Subdivision 1. Order to dispose.
Where and whenever in the judgment of the commissioner
or any forest officer there is or may be danger of starting and spreading of wildfires from
slashings and debris from the cutting of timber of any kind and for any purpose, or from any
accumulation of sawdust, shavings, chips, bark, edgings, slabs, or other combustible refuse from
the manufacture of lumber or other timber products the commissioner, or forest officer, shall
order the person by or for whom the timber or timber products have been or are being cut or
manufactured to dispose of such slashings, debris, or refuse as the state employee may direct.
Where conditions do not permit the burning of the slashings, debris, or refuse over the entire area
so covered, the commissioner may require such person to dispose of the same in such a way as
to establish a safe fire line around the area requiring such protection, the fire line to be of a
width and character satisfactory to the commissioner, or otherwise to dispose of the same so as
to eliminate the wildfires hazard therefrom.
Subd. 2. Penalty.
When any person who has been directed by the commissioner, or forest
officers to dispose of such slashings, debris, or refuse fails to comply with these directions the
person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
Subd. 3. Entry to dispose; lien.
When any such slashings, debris, or refuse are not disposed
of or are left unattended for a period exceeding 30 days, contrary to the instructions of the
commissioner, or forest officer, the commissioner, or any forest officer or fire warden, may go
upon the premises with as many workers as may be necessary and burn or otherwise dispose of
the same and the expense thereof shall be a lien upon the land on which they are situated and upon
all contiguous lands of the same owner, and also upon all logs and other timber products cut or
manufactured upon all these lands. This lien shall have the same effect and may be enforced in the
same manner as a judgment in favor of the state for money. An itemized statement verified by the
oath of the commissioner, or forest officer, of the amount of the costs and expenses incurred in
burning or otherwise disposing of these slashings, debris, or refuse shall be recorded, within 90
days from the time the disposal thereof is completed, in the office of the county recorder, or, if the
property is registered, in the office of the registrar of titles of the county in which the timber or
timber products were cut or manufactured; and the amount of the lien shall be a valid claim that
may be collected in a civil action from the person who cut or manufactured the wood, timber,
or timber products from which the slashings, debris, or refuse were produced. Any moneys so
collected shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the general fund.
Subd. 4. Disposal requirement; roadbed or right-of-way.
Any person who cuts or fells
trees or bushes of any kind in clearing land for any roadbed or right-of-way for any railroad,
highway, or trail shall, in the manner and at the time as above prescribed, properly dispose of all
Subd. 5. Fire prohibition.
Any person who cuts or fells trees or bushes of any kind in
clearing land for any purpose is hereby prohibited from setting fire to any slashings, brush, roots,
or excavated stumps or other combustible material on such land and letting the fire run; but the
same must be disposed of pursuant to the rules or directions of the commissioner.
Subd. 6. Public road contractor.
Any contractor who enters into a contract for the
construction of a public road or other work, which involves the cutting or grubbing of woods,
standing timber, or brush, shall properly dispose of such slashings and debris without damage to
adjoining timber or woods. The foregoing provisions shall not prevent the leaving of such trees
along roads as will be useful for ornamental and shade purposes and which will not interfere
Subd. 7. Contract terms.
Every contract made by or on behalf of any municipality or
political subdivision of this state which involves the cutting of any timber on the right-of-way of
a public highway shall provide in terms for compliance with the foregoing provisions, but the
failure to include this provision in the contract shall not relieve the contractor from the duty to
dispose of these slashings.
Subd. 8. Disposal requirement; forest land.
In all cases not herein provided for, where
timber is cut in, upon, or adjoining any forest land and no specific directions are given by the
commissioner, or forest officer, for the disposal of slashings and debris resulting therefrom, all
such slashings and debris within 200 feet of any adjoining timber land or any public highway,
railroad, portage, or lake shore, shall be properly disposed of by the person by or for whom
the timber was cut.
Subd. 9. Prohibited deposits.
No sawdust, shavings, chips, bark, edgings, slabs, or other
combustible refuse that the commissioner or an agent of the commissioner determines to be a
wildfire hazard shall be made or deposited upon any public highway, portage, railroad, or lake
shore, or within 100 feet thereof.
History: (4031-19) 1925 c 407 s 19; 1929 c 360 s 1; 1967 c 146 s 11; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1985 c
248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 106; 1993 c 328 s 22; 2005 c 4 s 13