Two Sudbury area men have been fined a total of $1,400 for offences under the Public Lands Act.

Joseph Dwyer of Chelmsford and Gregory Dwyer of Wahnapitae pleaded guilty and were each fined $700 for camping at one location on Crown land for more than 21 days.

Court heard that during the summer of 2017, a conservation officer investigated complaints of people camping at a popular camping area for extended periods of time.

The defendants were camping at the access point to Cassells Lake on Lowell Lake Road near Temagami. A large sign was in place advising users of the 21-day rule. Despite the warning sign, the officer determined the two men had remained at the same site from June 27 to August 8, 2017.

Justice of the Peace Nathalie Breton heard the two related cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, Haileybury, on October 26, 2017.

The public is reminded that camping on Crown land is restricted to 21 days per year at one location to allow equal access to popular camping spots and to reduce environmental impacts.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).