At the option of a property owner, a tree may be designated on private property for tree inventory purposes and for protection status. Council Policy 900-19 (“Public Tree Protection”) was adopted to protect designated tree resources located in public rights-of-way, on City-owned open space, in parks or other publicly owned lands, wherever practical. In addition, the policy applies to private land restricted by dedicated open space easements.
This voluntary action by the private property owner can be specified to carry with the property in the form of a deed restriction. Nothing in this policy will restrict the removal of any designated tree if the tree is a threat to public safety after reasonable efforts have been made for additional care, corrective actions or maintenance to correct these problems.