Landowners Getting A Trespass Fee

We’re very lucky in Maine to have free access to so much private land. You probably know that access to private land in many states is not available.

I recently read a story about an online marketplace in the Western states that allows landowners to list their property for use by hunters, anglers and other recreationists who must pay a trespass fee.

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There’s another platform, WikiparX, that allows land owners to sell permits for many types of recreation on their property.

The story reported that, “these approaches are helping turn access conflicts into cooperation between property owners and recreationists.”

It is important to all of us who recreate on private land in Maine, to develop good relationships with the landowners and to make sure they know how much we appreciate the opportunity to enjoy their properties.

Let’s make sure Maine landowners never feel that they need a trespass fee.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.