Hazardous Fire-Damaged Street Tree Removal
Hundreds of trees in the public right-of-way (ROW) were burned in the October 2017 wildfires. In early 2019, the City contracted a certified arborist to perform a field survey of all street trees (those in the public right-of-way) in the areas affected by the fires. The infrastructure recovery project to remove fire-damaged hazardous trees in the burn scar areas is being completed in a three phase approach. The initial phase focused on the removal of hazardous street trees, the second phase removed hazardous trees from City parcels, public ROW and Parks, and the third phase will remove hazardous trees from city owned open space parcels.
The primary focus of Phase 3 is to capture all remaining fire-damaged trees located within city owned open space parcels and that were not included in the previous arborist report by American Tree Medics. Phase three does not include the removal of tree(s) outside the city public right-of-way. Phase three of this project is scheduled to begin fall 2022, at the end of the bird nesting season. For additional information please visit the project webpage.
The infrastructure recovery project to remove fire-damaged hazardous trees is being completed in a three phase approach.
- The first phase, completed in October 2019, removed approximately 450 fire-damaged hazardous street trees from burned areas in the Coffey Park, Fountaingrove and Hidden Valley areas of the City.
- The second phase of the fire-damaged tree removal, completed in Sept. 2020, removed 130 hazardous trees on City parcels, Public Right of Way and Parks.
- The third and final phase of hazardous fire-damaged tree removal is currently in design phase. The City contracted an arborist to inspect fire-damaged hazardous trees for removal in nine city owned open space parcels located primarily in the Fountaingrove area. This project does not involve any work within private property.
Beginning late June and through October 2019, a contractor will remove hazardous fire-damaged street trees in the burn scar areas, which will include grinding of the tree stumps and filling the planter strips with fresh soil. Project work hours will be between 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Trees to be removed will be identified with a red marking on the trunk.
Work continues in Fountaingrove and Hidden Valley areas to remove hazardous fire-damaged street trees which includes grinding of the tree stumps and filling the planter strips with fresh soil. By October the initial wave of street tree removal and follow-up assessment will be complete. Phase two of the fire-damaged tree removal will evaluate and remove hazardous trees on City parcels, Open Spaces and Parks.
The initial phase of fire-damaged, hazardous street tree removal has been completed in Coffey Park and is now proceeding into Fountaingrove and Hidden Valley. Street trees identified for removal have been indicated with a red marking and the contractor began work at the western base of Fountaingrove Parkway and will continue through Fountaingrove and into Hidden Valley. While the contractors’ objective is to complete tree removal methodically through these areas, at times, the work will happen out of sequence in order to reduce traffic impacts. Additional fire-damaged trees and shrubs in the public right-of-way will be removed from fire-impacted neighborhoods in the next phase.
A detailed searchable map of the trees identified for removable, is available at arcg.is/nD4KH