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Amateur bridge builder ordered to remove it

He also has to rehabilitate the land where it was constructed
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A Chelmsford man has been fined $1,500 for an offence under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.

Maurice Lamoureaux pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for unlawfully constructing a bridge in the Akonesi Chain of Lakes Complex Conservation Reserve without a work permit. He was also ordered to remove the bridge and rehabilitate the lands at his own expense.

Court heard that in June 2015, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff located a bridge over the Akonesi Creek during an aerial survey of the Akonesi Chain of Lakes Complex Conservation Reserve.

A subsequent investigation by ministry conservation officers determined that Lamoureaux had built the bridge to gain vehicular access to a private camp in the area. He did not have the necessary work permit to do so.

Justice of the Peace Diane Lafleur heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Gogama, on June 25, 2018.

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