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THE " PURPLE PAINT LAW: " A NEW WAY TO POST YOUR PROPERTY
A new law took effect in early 2020 that all of
Pennsylvania's landowners and everyone who spends
time outdoors should know about.
Commonly called the " Purple Paint Law, " this
legislation (House Bill 1772) allows landowners to post
their property against trespassing using simple purple
stripes painted on trees or fence posts. Also in the law
are updates that clarify the act of " criminal trespass. "
While No Trespassing signs and fences still remain
legal methods to post a property as well, the use of
purple paint stripes offers several advantages. Most
importantly, the stripes are cheaper and easier to
maintain, and they are not as prone to damage, decay,
or malicious removal. The use of purple paint has also
become a popular method to post a property in more
than 10 other states, making it understandable to
many non-resident visitors as well. This method is now
legal in all Pennsylvania counties, except Allegheny
and Philadelphia. 
The law is very specific about the dimensions of
the purple stripes and how they must be positioned

on trees or fence posts. First, they must be painted
vertically - in other words, up and down stripes. The
painting of a stripe around a tree in a ring or some
other fashion is not admissible. Further, the stripes
must be at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide. And,
they need to be positioned high enough for all to see.
The law specifically requires that the " bottom of the
mark is not less than three feet from the ground nor
more than five feet from the ground. "  
Lastly, painted stripes are required to not be more
than 100 feet apart, though common sense would
imply they should be closer in brushy areas or where
visibility is blocked. Painting the purple stripes so
that they are clearly visible by people entering the
property is recommended in the law. The use of latex
or tree marking paint is also advisable, as oil-based
paints can slowly seep through tree bark and harm or
even kill trees. 
For further information about the law, search " PA
House Bill 1772 " to see the full bill, or view Penn State
Extension's New Purple Paint Law video.
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Pennsylvania's
Purple Paint Law
*	Stripes must be at least
8 " long & minimum of
1 " wide
*	Placed 3 to 4 feet off
the ground on trees or
fence posts
*	No more than 100 feet
apart
*	Easily seen

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Woodland - Winter 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2020

Our Forests & Our Future
Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
Forest Interactions
Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
2020 Policy Wins
Woodland - Winter 2020 - Intro
Woodland - Winter 2020 - cover1
Woodland - Winter 2020 - cover2
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Our Forests & Our Future
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - 2020 Policy Wins
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