AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine has unqiue trespass laws which help keep open more than 16 million acres of land to outdoor recreation. At the heart of this effort is the Landowner Liability Law.
"I would say that nine out of 10 landowners don't understand how strong that law is," said Tom Doak, Executive Director of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM).
The Landowner Liability Law was written in 1979. It protects landowners should accidents happen on their land. Should someone sue a landowner and lose the case, they would be responsible for paying the landowner's costs association with the case. The result is few bring suit.
"I get calls from lawyers investigating the law," said Mark Latti of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "Once they see how strong the law is, they don't even bring suit."
The law has been strengthened periodically. In Pennsylvania, a hunter shot and killed a