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