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A new state law recently passed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn allows Illinois landowners or lessees the option of using purple paint markings on trees or posts on their property as a “no trespassing” notice.

While the new “Purple Paint Law” gives Illinois landowners or lessees the option of marking their property with a series of defined purple paint markings on trees or posts, however, additional notice is still required through 2012. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer Ray Wichus says this will allow land owners to protect and mark their property.

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Officer Wichus feels the new law will weed out those trespassers because it is easy to pull out a "no trespassing" sign, but it is much harder to eliminate purple paint from a tree.

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Officer Wichus feels the law is common sense law to eliminate people who would normally trespass and tear down any notices. He also encourages anyone that lives owns timber to keep their trees well marked, if they so chose to use the markings to outline their property.

To learn more about the guidelines of the markings you can visit:

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/PublicAct97-0477.aspx

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