4.5 Tree Preservation

Except as may be necessary to provide room for construction of improvements in accordance with approved plans or to remove dead trees, no tree with a caliper of twelve inches (12") or more at a point one foot (1’) from the base of the tree may be removed from a lot, unless specifically approved by the ARC.

Where tree clusters are preserved, owner/builder is encouraged to also preserve understory if possible. This helps maintain conditions around existing root systems.

Placement of utilities within the drip line is detrimental to chances of survival of trees. If routing utilities outside the drip line is not possible, keep trench area to a minimum and adhere to tree protection methods described in previous section.

In the case of specimen trees, consider boring under the tree root system. Prune trees using horticulturally accepted methods to compensate for any loss of root system.