I'm caretaker for 93 acres of land my FIL owns. The upper 40 or acres is rented out as farmland. The lower area is a casual tree farm. The hillside between is hardwood forest and occasionally logged. The neighbor to the south farms some of his land, but the westernmost part of both parcels is in a floodable zone behind a dam. He farms right up to the surveyed boundary line. I don't get down along the line much, but a while back had occasion to come walking along the south line, checking how a logging job had gone, hunting mushrooms, generally messing around while my shoulder healed. I found several stumps of trees on our side of the line. These were not logged - too small, wrong species, cut several months ago, etc. I noticed the neighbor working with his tractor, so went to see him. Asked him about the trees. After some discussion, he said he had cut them because they were intefering with his farming. Now some of these trees were 10 feet back from the line, and most of them were under a foot in diameter at the base. He claimed they were getting in the way of the planter so he just cut them down. Examining the area a little closer discloses that he has a tree stand that is based on his ground but terminates in a tree on my FILs ground, which has the hunting rights leased. The trees that were cut are on either side of the stand and their absence gives a nice line of sight for deer moving out of the tree farm and onto his field or vice versa. He knows exactly where the line is as it was surveyed and he has placed 5 foot tall steel posts next to the surveyors marks. Sighting down the line shows his stand is over the line, but he denies it. The tree in which he sits is definitely on my FILs ground, overhangs his field by at least 25 feet, but he hasn't touched it except to trim branches next to his elevated seat. I went to see him last night and told him his actions could constitute a 2nd degree misdemeanor according to the sheriff. I let him know my FIL is not at all happy and wants to make sure there is no further tree cutting. He got all defensive and started acting like it was me who was in the wrong and telling me it was my responsibility to make sure the trees didn't get in his way. I told him he had the right to trim off branches that were over the line but that was all. He wondered why no one said anything when he had cut trees there previously (!). He agreed to remove the stand before deer season starts and to call me about any further need to trim vegetation. If the stand is still there on day one, I will remove it myself. I don't know if I'll set it in his corn or just take it with me, but it will be gone. I'm pretty sure he'll "forget" to remove it. After agreeing to that, he told me we needed to clean out the ditch that carries water from a pond and springs down into the flood zone and through the dike to the channelized stream so his lower land can be farmed! The ditch also is fed by field tile from his farm ground, and he has a stream that ends up being stopped by the dike and a wetland that also is stopped by the dike. Water in the bottom ground is flowing from his land onto ours, not vice versa as he claims. This guy just can't admit he was wrong, but says he doesn't want problems. He trespassed, destroyed private property, has some of his corn planted over the line, has his tree stand over the line, has his own stream flooding his lower ground but thinks we should dredge a ditch that is doing nothing for us at all. And now the kicker - this guy is an educated, trained professional. He is a wildlife biologist employed by the DNR working in our local inland marsh. He is not stupid, is generally nice, but just seems to think our land is his land and feels offended that we want him to stop treating it as such. So, thanks for listening, and lets hear about your idiot neighbors.