What are the consequences of trespassing to cut down my neighbor’s tree?

Cutting down a tree on another person’s property without permission is trespass and carried a stiff penalty.  In Minnesota, whoever intentionally cuts down a tree without the owner’s permission can be assessed three times (“treble”) the amount of monetary loss suffered by the tree owner.

Tip: Don’t engage in stealth tree-cutting when your neighbor has gone on vacation.  You’re setting yourself up to pay three times your neighbor’s loss.  


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1. What is a nuisance tree?
2. What is a boundary tree?
3. Who owns a boundary tree?
4. How do I locate the boundary lines for my property?
5. What can I do if the roots or branches from my neighbor’s tree encroach into my yard?
6. What is self-help?
7. What are the consequences of trespassing to cut down my neighbor’s tree?
8. What can I do about branches, leaves, fruit, and other debris from my neighbor’s tree?
9. Who owns the fruit on the branches of my neighbor’s tree that hang into my yard?
10. My neighbors cut down their tree that shaded my yard. Do I have any recourse?
11. What is the best way to resolve disputes about trees between neighbors?
12. Where should I go to seek legal help, if needed?