In accordance with Section 7.01(C) of the Town of Chester Zoning Local Law, cutting shall be permitted on shorefront lots provided the following standards are met:
- Within 35 feet of the shoreline no vegetation may be removed, except that up to a maximum of 30 percent of the trees in excess of six inches diameter at breast height (DBH) existing at any time may be cut over any 10-year period.
- Within six feet of the shoreline no vegetation may be removed, except up to a maximum of 30 percent of the shorefront may be cleared of vegetation on any individual lot. This provision shall be adhered to in addition to the general standards above.
- The above cutting standards shall not be deemed to prevent the removal of diseased vegetation or of rotten or damaged trees or other vegetation that presents safety or health hazards.
- Within a ¼ mile of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers, except within the Hamlet and Moderate Intensity District, special vegetative cutting restrictions apply. The Adirondack Park Agency shall determine jurisdiction.
Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Park Agency.