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Heritage Trees
Definition
A heritage tree means any tree that meets the size and species requirements in the table below, or any tree not listed in the table below that is 18 inches DBH or greater.

Common Name

Scientific Name

DBH

Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis

18"

Ash

Fraxinus species

18"

American Basswood (Linden)

Tilia americana

18"

American Beech

Fagus grandifolia

18"

American Chestnut

Castanea dentata

8"

American Elm

Ulmus americana

18"

Birch

Betula species

18"

Black Alder

Alnus glutinosa

12"

Black Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

12"

Black Walnut

Juglans nigra

18"

White Walnut

Juglans cinerea

18"

Buckeye (Horse Chestnut)

Aesculus species

18"

Cedar, Red

Juniperus species

12"

Crabapple (Cultivar)

Malus species

12"

Douglas Fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii

18"

Eastern Hemlock

Tsuga canadensis

12"

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

8"

Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba

18"

Hickory

Carya, species

18"

Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

18"

Larch/Tamarack

Larix laricina (Eastern)

12"

Locust

Gleditsia triacanthos

18"

Sycamore (London plane tree)

Platanus species

18"

Maple

Acer species (except negundo)

18"

Oak

Quercus species

18"

Pine

Pinus species

18"

Sassafras

Sassafras albidum

15"

Spruce

Picea species

18"

Tulip Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera

18"

Wild Cherry

Prunus species

18"



Planting
All trees must be planted to ANSI A300 standards and be 1.5-inches in caliper.  Trees planted must be an approved species and cannot be a prohibited tree.  The list of prohibited trees is located here.

Protection
Trees must be protected during all types of construction.  Protective fencing must be placed at the drip line of all trees that may be impacted during construction.  The ground areas within the drip line shall be undisturbed from its pre-construction state.

Removal
Each heritage tree that is removed must be replaced in a manner that meets the new ordinance.  Review the size and species classification for heritage trees, located here.

Replacement Requirements

Heritage trees located anywhere on private property must be replaced at a rate of 25% of the DBH of each tree removed.  For example, to remove a 24-inches DBH American Elm tree one would multiply 24 by 0.25, which equals 6.  Therefore, 6 inches of replacement tree is required.  In this scenario, four 1.5-inch caliper trees must be planted.  

If the tree(s) cannot be replaced reasonably on the property then the property owner must pay into the tree fund.  The cost of tree replacement is $100.00 per 1-inch of replacement tree required.  In this scenario, if the trees cannot be planted on the property the property owner would have to pay $600.00 into the tree fund.

If the only part of the required tree replacement can be placed on the property, then the remaining portion shall be paid into the tree fund.  For example, in the scenario above, if one tree can be placed on the property then the remaining 1.5-inches of replacement would have to be paid into the tree fund at a cost of $450.00.

Exemptions
If a tree is a prohibited tree as defined here, it is exempt from replacement requirements.  If an ISA certified arborist confirms in a condition and risk assessment that the tree is dead the tree is exempt from replacement requirements.