The Mount Desert Islander is reporting that an Otter Creek man has been summonsed for removing a dead tree from Acadia National Park and cutting it up to use for firewood.

It shows you how much I know, as I wasn't aware that you couldn't take wood, that was on the ground, out of the Park. While I can fully understand that you should not be able to take a chainsaw or saw and cut down timber, I guess I'm a little confused about not being able to take wood that has been knocked down by wind or construction. According to the Mount Desert Islander, the Otter Creek man says he and others have in fact done this for years.

So, it's your turn to be the judge. Conviction of illegally removing firewood can result in a maximum penalty of a fine of $100 and/or no more than six months in jail.