BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general says a 73-year-old Severna Park man is the first to be charged criminally under the state’s Critical Area law.

Attorney General Doug Gansler says William Clark was charged in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for illegally clearing trees. The attorney general says Clark’s property sits on Sullivan Cove near the Severn River and that the tree clearing violated critical area and buffer regulations.

The attorney general announced the six misdemeanor charges against Clark on Wednesday. Gansler says the charges were filed after the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays referred the matter to his office for investigation.

The critical area program is designed to improve water quality and protect wildlife habitat in tidal shoreline areas.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. whatnow says:

    That’s right. Get him. Let the murderers go free but take down this old man!

  2. Kay says:

    Did I read this story right??? You have people out here killing, robbing, and other S*** and this man just cleared a few trees. Leave this man alone and go do some real work!!!! Or is that to stressfull to catch real criminals??

  3. Sylvan Finkelstein says:


  4. Steve says:

    The more irritating part about this law is it goes after john q tax payer while they let big business dump as much as they want in to the Chesapeake. Of course, its easier to go after the citizen because of the lack of lawyers standing in line to defend the actions of the accused. The big businesses can afford to throw lawyer after lawyer at the problem to defend themselves from a wrong doing law suit.

  5. KottaMan says:

    Jee-suss….. another law that nobody knew about. I love how the socialists in Annapolis pass this stuff and never get the message out about such laws. Gimme a break!

  6. Its Starting says:

    Get used to this type of news.
    Our government is broke. Period.
    Like an other beast that is starving, government is going to snack on whatever meals it can scrounge.
    Laws like this one are “Easy Pickings” for revenue , and also provide job security to enforcement officers, who, like the rest of us, are eyeing cut-backs. What better way to create job security, than to gather cash from the community?

    What really sucks, is that soon law officers will be manning the radar guns with a foreclosure notice in their hip pocket.
    And lets not forget the IRS agents that are warned of “pinkslips” after April.
    Who doesn’t have a few “lost” dollars that could be squeezed out by a calculator-wielding IRS agent?
    Obama may be Top Dog for the moment, but its still dog eat dog when the food dish is empty.

  7. Whiskers says:

    I don’t think the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays is responsible for solving murders. Really?? … and you people vote?

    1. sick of maryland says:

      Critical Area Commission sneaks these laws under the radar and BAM your property rights are erased.

      You are seriously missing the point, the posts here are indicating that there are more serious problems to be solved instead of having Doug Gansler go after a man for clearing trees on HIS PRIVATE PROPERTY.

      How many articles are on this site about Bay pollution, runoff and sediment problems passing through Conowingo dam,100 million gallons of raw sewage in the Patapsco (five or six spills this year alone), the mass pollution from Baltimore and surrounding areas? Yet this commission, empowered through Liberal power stranglehold, acts without regard to citizens property rights, economic impacts, and all of the while the huge polluters get off scot free.

      The scary thing, or depressing, is that liberal idiots like yourself vote, which means in Maryland we are stuck with whatever liberal d–chebag idiot will pop up next.

      Gansler is eyeing the governor’s mansion, so he will cause great pain to a working person so he can get a feather in his cap

  8. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    TAXPAYERS money, resources being squandered again!!

  9. TaxMarylandTax says:

    yet they let that guy build a million dollar home on dobbins island, hypocrites!

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