The Town of Henniker has cited Stephen Forster (Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm) with illegal use of his property.
But State law provides that Mr. Forster may use his property for Agri-tourism, also known as “agriculture,” a legitimate use of the land.
Henniker has apparently acknowledged this but will not rescind its citation unless they are allowed to place some new restrictions on Steve’s property.
At this point I don’t know why Henniker is doing this. Typically, when such nonsense erupts it is to either punish a landowner for some perceived slight, or to help an abutter (or the town) get something they want. Regardless of the reasons here, if the facts are as I’ve stated, this is nothing more than the town trying to control a private citizens property and if they succeed it will only encourage them (and other towns) to do the same thing.
Here’s how you can help.
Please attend the meeting this Thursday, November 15th, at 7:00 PM, at the Henniker Community center at 57 Main Street in downtown Henniker, New Hampshire. All you have to do is show up and stand with Steve in defense of property rights.