Why enact a tree ordinance? Planning ahead saves later costs
Dead trees are costly to tax payers: Reduction of unhealthy trees can reduce storm damage costs.
Dead trees on private property can damage public property Today tax payers pay for clean-up on public property when trees fall. This ordinance would allow recovery of costs of clean-up from property owners previously notified to take care of a hazardous tree.
Trees are are also assets. Trees reduce stormwater run-off, cool the air and increase property value.
Comparison studies show trees increase spending in commercial areas
Article about 3 Oaks from Mount Vernon seedlings –(George Washington trees in Kline Park) Trees are a part of our heritage:
A tree ordinance is a step towards becoming a Tree City. Tree City is a designation that identifies the community as one that cares about their environment and increases points for many types of grants. A Tree Board advisory committee from City Beautiful can educate the public about good environmental management, nominate heritage trees, and give advise for planting selections on public property.