Lake Hills resident Jim Stevens was cited for destruction of public property in 2002 for maintaining his “defensible space” by cutting a snag inside the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, which is just 10 feet from his house. He nonetheless continues to mow about 50 feet into state land each spring. The dry weeds and dead branches at left are an example of the fuel load if he didn’t cut the brush and remove the dead branches. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

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