MS 1953 [Repealed, 1957 c 943 s 72
Subdivision 1. Planting trees.
Road authorities may plant and tend trees and shrubs along
highways in rural areas in a manner so as to protect the highways from drifting snow. In like
manner, with the written consent of the abutting landowner, trees and shrubs may be planted
and tended outside the limits of the highways.
Subd. 2. Consent for removal.
The trees and shrubs shall not thereafter be removed without
the consent of the road authority.
Subd. 3. Acquiring trees and hedges.
The road authorities may acquire by purchase, gift,
or condemnation all trees and hedges within the limits of a highway. Thereafter if the road
authority determines that the trees and hedges acquired within the limits of a highway under its
jurisdiction interfere with the safety and convenience of public travel thereon, or interfere with the
construction, reconstruction, or maintenance thereof, it may cut and remove the trees and hedges
without notice, and may dispose of the trees and hedges in such manner as it deems proper.
Subd. 4. Removal when not acquired by road authority.
When the trees and hedges have
not been acquired, the road authority may cut and remove trees and hedges from within the limits
of highways under its jurisdiction when the road authority determines that the trees and hedges
interfere with the maintenance or reconstruction of the highway or interfere with the safety and
convenience of public travel thereon.
Subd. 5. Hearings.
Prior to ordering the cutting and removal of trees and hedges not
acquired, the road authority shall fix a time and place of hearing in the county where the lands are
located to consider the cutting and removal of such trees and hedges. The owners of the abutting
land shall be given written notice of the hearing at least ten days prior to the date fixed therefor.
At the hearing the abutting owners shall be given the opportunity to be heard.
Subd. 6. Notice of determination.
After the hearing the road authority shall serve notice
upon the abutting owners of its determination as to the trees and hedges. A copy of the order
or resolution shall be attached to the notice.
Subd. 7. Appeal from determination to remove.
Any abutting owner may, within 30 days
from the receipt of the notice required in subdivision 6, appeal to the district court from the
determination by filing with the court administrator a notice of appeal, together with a bond of
not less than $500, approved by the court, conditioned to pay all costs arising from the appeal
in case the determination of the road authority is sustained. The notice of appeal shall state
the grounds thereof and a copy shall be forwarded to the road authority. The appeal shall be
entered upon the court calendar for trial at the next general term of court, and either party shall
be entitled to a jury trial.
Subd. 7a. Scope; tree and hedge defined.
For purposes of this section, "tree" means a
tree or woody perennial shrub or vine which is at least six inches in diameter, as measured at a
point two feet from the ground, and "hedge" means any planted and maintained hedge within
Subd. 8. Disposition of timber and wood.
Upon written notice of a determination to cut and
remove the trees and hedges, the road authority may proceed to cut and remove the same. The
timber and wood so cut and removed shall belong to the abutting owners, and the road authority
shall cause the wood and timber to be placed upon the abutting owner's property adjacent to the
highway, doing no unnecessary damage to such property. In case the abutting owner notifies the
road authority that the owner does not want the timber or wood, the road authority shall dispose of
the wood and timber in such manner as it deems proper.
Subd. 9. Removal by abutting owner.
No person shall cut or remove trees or hedges
acquired by the road authority unless the road authority shall have first consented to the cutting
Subd. 10. Exception; town roads.
Trees, hedges and other shrubs or plants within the
limits of any town road and not acquired by the town as provided in subdivision 3, may be cut
and removed without regard to the provisions of subdivisions 5 and 6 when they interfere with
the maintenance or reconstruction of the road or with the safety and convenience of the public;
provided that the town gives written notice to the abutting owner of its intention to cut and remove
14 days before taking such action and the abutting owner does not request a hearing during that
period. The notice shall plainly advise the abutting owner of the right to a hearing. If the abutting
owner requests a hearing within the time required the town shall proceed in accordance with
subdivisions 5 and 6, and this subdivision shall not apply. The timber and wood cut pursuant to
this subdivision shall be disposed of in accordance with subdivision 8.
Subd. 11. Platted town roads.
The town road authority may cut and remove trees and
hedges within the limits of a town road that is dedicated by plat. The cutting and removing is
not subject to this section. The timber or wood that is cut belongs to the town road authority
and may be disposed of as the town road authority considers proper without any notice that is
otherwise required by this section.
History: 1959 c 500 art 1 s 22; 1977 c 216 s 1,2; 1985 c 20 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3
art 1 s 82; 1994 c 390 s 1,2