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21. Removal 22. Can I remove the street tree in front of my house and replace it with another tree? In most cases, no. Generally, only trees found to be dead, dying or structurally unsound are approved for removal. Certain construction permits may cause the removal of a tree. There will be a replanting condition based on the size of the tree removed. 23. Why do I need a permit to cut down my own tree? The City has a Tree Preservation Ordinance protecting trees growing on private property that are greater than a minimum size. Please see Tree Services for an overview. 24. I’m doing a remodel and need to remove one or more trees. How do I proceed? The tree removal will be coordinated with the building permit. If the tree is found to need to be removed for the project, you will receive a preliminary approval for the tree removal. Once the building permit is issued, you will also be issued the permit to remove the tree. 25. When can a city tree be removed? A tree is only removed that is dead, dying, structurally unsound or if it creates a problem that cannot be resolved without causing great harm to the tree. Trees are inspected and the decision to remove is made on a case-by-case basis. 26. Can I have the wood from my city tree? The wood from city-owned trees belongs to the citizens of Redwood City. Usable wood is left along the public thoroughfare. Citizens may pick up the wood on a first come first serve bases after the crew has left the job site. 27. Can you remove my tree because it is messy? In most cases, messiness is not sufficient cause to remove a tree. Tree litter can be placed in the BFI recycling bins. The street sweeper will also pick up tree litter in the gutter during their normal route.
Nothing to sneeze at: Albuquerque bans certain trees ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Call it an allergy shot for the sniffly-sneezy bunch: Cypress, mulberry, elm and male juniper trees will be considered outlaw greenery by next August. The City Council banned certain pollen-producing trees in an effort to provide relief for allergy sufferers. "We're not eliminating all trees; we're not eliminating a whole bunch of trees,'' said Alan Armijo, who sponsored the measure. "We'll still be able to plant 85 percent of the trees we're planting right now.'' The prohibition becomes law on Aug. 1. Fines of up to $500 can be imposed for growing, selling, importing or planting the new offenders. Male junipers that are taller than 2 feet also fall under the ban, which does not include existing trees. Rio Grande cottonwoods, quaking aspens, mountain cottonwoods, sycamores and ash trees can be sold as long as they are tagged high-pollen producers. The pollen count is generally high in Albuquerque from January to June. Tree experts said the ordinance, which was approved Monday by a 6-2 vote, would not be effective because allergy problems would shift to new trees as people become sensitized to different kinds of pollen. Environmentalists said banning trees would cause a precarious decline in the urban forest, making it more susceptible to disease.