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Is <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 trees are an <br />important part of the character and charm of the entire City. Regular care, trimming, <br />maintenance and programmed replacement are necessary to preserve this charm while <br />at the same time 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 administered by the Parks, Beaches & Recreation <br />Commission ( "Commission "). <br />Special Trees shall be retained, unless there are overriding problems, such as death, <br />disease, or the creation of a hazardous situation, which require their removal. Prior to <br />consideration for removal of Special Trees, the General Services Director, or designee, <br />shall prepare a report identifying and implementing specific treatment to retain the <br />tree(s). If specific treatment is unsuccessful in retaining a tree(s) then a full report shall <br />be made to the Commission before any further action considering removal is taken. <br />Prior to any removal of Special Trees, the City must comply with the noticing <br />provisions of the Removal of City Trees section set forth in this Policy, unless a tree is <br />considered hazardous that necessitates an emergency removal. Any such removal <br />requires the approval of the City Manager. <br />During normal sidewalk, curb, and street repair activity requiring root pruning, all <br />steps shall be taken to retain Special Trees. If tree roots are to be pruned in association <br />with sidewalk, curb, and gutter improvements, sufficient timing in advance must be <br />planned to ensure that pruning will not destabilize or kill the tree. If both sides of a <br />tree's roots are to be pruned, one side should be pruned 6 months to a year in advance <br />of the other side depending upon the species and other related factors. If root pruning <br />methods are not practical and /or critical to the health of the tree, then alternate or <br />special hardscape improvements shall be installed by the City in order to retain the tree. <br />All proposed root pruning shall be assessed by the Urban Forester. <br />1