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Seeing ... purple?

Do you know about the Purple Paint Law?

You’re on a leisurely walk through the countryside or the forest. The spring flowers are fragrant; the buds on the trees delight you; and the birds serenade your stroll. While the sights and sounds of spring are all around us, have you ever noticed a purple fence post or a tree trunk painted with purple paint? Chances are if you did, you probably wondered the significance of those purple markings in the midst of your scenic stroll.

We’ve all seen the signs folks post to let others know not to set foot on their land. Signs like “No Trespassing,” or “Private Property,” or even the bolder sign that simply says, “Keep out!:

But signs have a way of coming up missing or being destroyed or vanishing. That’s why purple paint came into the picture.

Ten states, including Illinois, have a Purple Paint Law, which landowners can use to mark the boundaries of their property. In the eyes of the law, it’s the same thing as a “No Trespassing” sign.

More economical than buying sign after sign, the purple paint must be readily visible to people approaching the property. It can be painted on a fence post or a tree.

Besides Illinois, the other states with the Purple Paint Law include Missouri, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, Idaho, Arkansas, Montana, Arizona and Kansas.

So on your next stroll through the woods, keep an eye out for the color purple. It might just save you from an angry landowner or even a trespassing ticket.

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