Calaveras County’s Tree Mortality Program Hits A Snag

Calaveras County’s Tree Mortality Program Hits A Snag

Calaveras County’s Tree Mortality program has hit a snag. County officials report that three removal projects have been completed; they have hit a road block. Although a first round of letters with a right of entry (ROE) form already went out to property owners in West Point, Wilseyville, Railroad Flat, Glencoe, Avery and Murphys, few have been returned. To try to get the program back on track, a second letter has been mailed targeting property owners who did not respond to the first mailing along with paper door knob hangers reminding residents to return the form. The problem, according to county officials, is that without the signed consent, hazardous trees cannot be cut down. The ROE gives foresters permission to go on properties to identify and mark hazardous trees only. County officials stress that this service is completely free to property owners. They also warn, “If hazard trees fall onto a county road and cause damage to the road of injures someone traveling on the road, property owners could be held liable.”

Written by KVGC Staff

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