Are Tree Preservation Laws Branching out Too Far?

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From Maryland to Arkansas, Texas to California, a new form of local government has emerged with the very specific purpose of protecting trees. In Claremont, Burbank and Thousand Oaks, citizen tree boards regulate pruning and trimming disputes with homeowners, and punish violators with fines and mitigation charges that can reach thousands of dollars, especially when a tree is deemed to have special value. Do such measures protect a valuable community asset or are they a gross violation of private property rights? We get two opinions from Kay Greeley, City Arborist for the cities of Calabassas and Agoura Hills, and attorney Gideon Kanner, professor emeritus at Loyola Law School.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton