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a -ate <br />G -1 <br />RETENTION OR REMOVAL OF CITY TREES <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish definitive standards for the retention, removal, <br />maintenance, reforestation, and supplemental trimming of City trees. City street trees <br />are an important part of the character and charm of certain communities and regular <br />care, trimming, maintenance and programmed replacement are necessary to preserve <br />this charm while protecting public and private property. <br />SPECIAL CITY TREES <br />It is the City's policy to retain City trees categorized as landmark, dedicated, or <br />neighborhood trees, which contribute to and give character to an entire neighborhood. <br />Landmark, dedicated, and neighborhood trees are identified on Attachment 1, and shall <br />hereinafter be referred to as Special Trees. Trees within these categories shall be <br />established, mapped, recorded and maintained by the Parks, Beaches & Recreation <br />Commission ( "Commission'). <br />Special Trees shall be retained, unless there are exceptional problems which require <br />their removal. Prior to consideration for removal of Special Trees, the General Services <br />Director, or designee, shall prepare a report identifying and implementing specific <br />treatment to retain the tree(s). If specific treatment is unsuccessful in retaining a tree(s) <br />then a full report shall be made to the Commission before any further action <br />considering removal is taken. Prior to any removal of Special Trees, the City must <br />comply with the noticing provisions of the Removal of City Trees section set forth in <br />this policy. <br />During normal sidewalk, curb, and street repair activity requiring root pruning, all <br />steps will be taken to retain Special Trees. If tree roots are to be pruned in association <br />with hardscape improvements, sufficient timing in advance must be planned to ensure <br />that pruning will not destabilize or kill the tree. If both sides of a tree's root are to be <br />pruned, one side should be pruned a year in advance of the other side. <br />ALL OTHER CITY TREES <br />It is the City's policy to retain all other City trees unless removal is necessary for one of <br />the following reasons: <br />1