Hear-Old Editorial – Tree Posse

Is the tree ordinance enforcement by newcomer Thom “Belly” Akeman a sign of the true mission of the green and sustainable movement that Mayor Cort endorses: The end of personal property rights?

Appropriately designed to promote addition to the urban forest rather than deletion, it generally requires the planting of two replacement trees for each one removed, a provision that rankles the side that does not care for the ordinance.

Adding to the tensions, the ordinance-friendly side apparently took it upon itself to set out on inspection missions to determine to what extent the provisions were being honored or dishonored. Though it does not require any significant intrusion to determine whether a tree exists, that has set off loud allegations of trespass and warrantless search

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Hear-Old Editorial – Tree Posse