There are many states who have adopted this Purple Paint Law. What is the Purple Paint Law? And should Minnesota adopt it too?

If you see purple paint on a tree or a fence in any of the states that have this Purple Paint Law you better turn around. The purple paint serves the same purpose as a "No Trespassing" sign. It's marking the edge of someone's property.

Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas are the states that have adopted the Purple Paint Law or a variation of it. Farm and Dairy says that Florida, Idaho, and Montana use "orange or other fluorescent paint" to mark their property.

If you live in a state where the Purple Paint Law is in effect and you want to mark your property with purple paint, here's how you do it according to Farm and Dairy:

  • Each paint mark must be vertical line at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide.
  • The mark must be between 3 and 5 feet from the ground.
  • Marks must be “readily visible to a person approaching the property” no more than 100 feet apart.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Minnesota should adopt the Purple Paint Law too?

I don't think it's a bad idea. The reason Arkansas adopted the law back in 1989 was because paint lasts longer than signs. Signs can fall down, damage trees, or they could be torn down. The obvious issue would be making sure everyone is educated about the Purple Paint Law so someone doesn't accidentally find themselves trespassing when they had no idea that's what the purple paint meant.

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