Landowner behind us putting in cattle pasture, trees being cut down, can I protect trees on property line?

The owner of the land behind us also owns an inn and has decided to create a cattle pasture there. He is zoned for it; according to our township (Weisenberg twnshp in PA) he has the right to cattle pasturing, lumbering, and can build a fence right up to the property line. There are some large trees that straddle the property line. I’ve been told that they can be removed without my permission because of the ‘lean factor’ that is that if a tree may fall on a fence, it can be removed. This land behind us has been forest for at least 11 years and has not been improved at all by this neighbor. There are some large, older oak trees on the property line that I would like to see remain, is there anyway to make sure that he does not cut these down? BTW, this man is rather stubborn and really is not amenable to reason. We have tried. Can anyone point me at a state or county (Lehigh) statute that could halt this? I’d prefer not to go the lawyer route, but I will if I have to. Thanks.
I hate that he’s cutting down the trees, but I’m perfectly comfortable with him doing what he is entitled to do on his land. My question pertains to the trees that sit on the property line. What he does off that is not my business, the trees ON the line are what I’m worried about.

One Response to “Landowner behind us putting in cattle pasture, trees being cut down, can I protect trees on property line?”

  1. Logic316 Says:

    Sounds to me like that guy just thinks he can do whatever he wants on his own land. Shocking.

    But he is probably being a bit short-sighted about the adverse effects he’s causing to the landscape. You should contact city hall and ask if they have any environmental restrictions regarding tree removal on private land, they should have a parks department that can tell you. A lot of towns nowadays do not allow the removal of old trees (particularly ones that had existed there before the houses were built), unless they’re rotting and present a safety hazard. But if all those trees are more recent growth, they’re probably fair game.