By: Peggy Kirk Hall, Director of Agricultural Law, OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Program
Imagine that you have a number of dead and downed trees on your property and someone asks for permission to harvest the trees. Typically, that person seeks an exchange: removal of the trees at no cost in exchange for rights to the wood. If you grant permission and the person suffers an injury while removing the trees, will you be liable for that person’s medical bills and other costs? Are there any actions you could take to protect yourself from the potential of liability? These are important questions a landowner should address before allowing someone to harvest dead and downed trees. Click here to read the firewood liability factsheet.
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