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G-1 <br />RETENTION, REMOVAL, AND MAINTENANCE OF CITY TREES <br />Goal of Policy <br />To establish and maintain appropriate diversity in tree species and age classes to <br />provide a stable and sustainable urban forest with an inventory that the City can <br />reasonably maintain in a healthy and safe condition through the efficient use of <br />City resources. To require that in approving any tree removal or reforestation <br />request, the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission ("Commission ") shall <br />find that the tree removal request will not adversely impact the overall inventory, <br />diversity and age of the City's Urban Forest. <br />Purpose <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish definitive standards for the retention, <br />removal, maintenance, reforestation, tree trimming standards, and supplemental <br />trimming of City trees. City trees are an important part of the character and charm <br />of the entire City and provide environmental benefits as well. Regular care, <br />trimming, root pruning, maintenance, and programmed replacement are <br />necessary to preserve this charm while at the same time protecting views <br />consistent with City Council Policy G-3, providing personal safety, and preventing <br />public and private property damage and providing a sustainable urban forest. <br />The City classifies public trees in one of three categories: Special City Trees, <br />Problem City Trees, and Standard City Trees. <br />L SPECIAL CITY TREES <br />It is the City's policy to retain Special City Trees ("Special Trees") <br />categorized as Landmark, Dedicated, or Neighborhood trees, because they <br />have historical significance, and/or contribute to, and give character to, a <br />location or to an entire neighborhood. Landmark, Dedicated, and <br />Neighborhood trees are identified by species in Attachment 1, and shall <br />hereinafter be collectively referred to as Special Trees. Trees within these <br />three categories shall be identified, mapped, recorded and administered by <br />staff for the Commission. When staff proposed modifications, the <br />Commission shall review the Special Tree list and forward <br />recommendations for additions or deletions to the City Council for <br />approval. <br />Landmark Trees are identified as those individual Special Trees that possess <br />historical significance by virtue of their size, age, location, or species. <br />1 <br />