In order to maintain an economically sustainable program, we must preserve existing street trees whenever possible. Although mitigation through pruning or other techniques is always preferable, the Urban Forester may determine that a street tree needs removed if the tree:
- has any identified condition, disease or defect that is expected to create a hazard for those using the right-of-way area or adjacent properties.
- is diseased or infected by a pest that is likely to spread to other trees or plants.
- is considered invasive or otherwise destructive to the surrounding environment.
- was planted in an inappropriate site and is actively causing conflicts with other infrastructure such as sidewalks, overhead primary electric lines, etc.
- or, is in conflict with approved plans for renovation, development or other construction activities.
In all cases, a tree will not be removed if there is an available mitigation option such as pruning, root pruning, or other treatment.