Fiddleheading in Aroostook County Could Soon Change
Fiddleheads are an Aroostook County delicacy, at least by most people's standards. But a new bill in the legislature could change the law when it comes to picking the edible ferns on someone else' property.
Representative Walter Kumiega's bill would make it illegeal to take plants, minerals, objects or anything else that exists naturally from private property without the landowner's written permission.
Here in Aroostook County, people often venture on to others' property to collect fiddleheads in the Spring, so this could be a problem if this bill passes.
Washington resident David Spahr, who is a mushroom forager, says "such a law is unneeded and simply creates another layer of regulation."
The bill has been referred to the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
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