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Purple paint wards off trespassers

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 6:53 PM CDT
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Lawson Adams of headland was flipping through his copy of Alabama's Treasured Forests when he stumbled across an interesting article.

"Over the years I’ve had to go buy yellow signs and nail them up in the trees to keep people off of my land and to notify them that they're not supposed to go on my land," said Adams.

The article by the Alabama Forestry Commission talked about a new Purple Paint Law.

The law allows people to mark their property with purple stripes of paint.

The paint acts as a no trespassing sign, and potential intruders should treat like that.

"I can simply go by and paint my trees, paint my posts and all and I, hopefully everyone will learn that their not supposed to trespass on your property when you do that."

All the property owner has to do is simply spray a purple streak on the tree. The streak needs to be at least eight inches long and three to five feet from the base of the tree.

The purple mark can go on gates, fence posts or anything on your property.

The marks must be easily visible and no more than 100 feet apart on forestland or 1000 feet apart on any other kind of land.

Although the law passed in 2016, it hasn't been heavily publicized, and authorities say some people may not recognize what the purple means, which could cause some confusion.

"With people coming from different areas, they may not know what the purple line means on the tree, when you could simply have a sign that says no trespassing on your property where it can be easily interpreted," said Dothan Police Officer Eugenia Williams.

Like it or not, the Purple Paint Law does exist and must be obeyed.

The Alabama Forestry Commission encourages people to hang no trespassing signs in addition to the paint until it is widely recognized.