§ 88.01.070  Mountain Forest and Valley Tree Conservation.
   This Section provides regulations to promote conservation and wise use of forest resources in the Mountain Region and native tree resources in the Valley Region.  The provisions are intended to augment and coordinate with the Z’berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 (Public Resources Code §§ 4526 et seq.) and the efforts of the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to implement and enforce the Act.
   (a)   Applicability.
      (1)   Private Harvesting.  The provisions of this Section apply to the private harvesting of all trees growing on private land and on public land in the unincorporated Mountain Region and Valley Region.
      (2)   Commercial Harvesting.  The commercial harvesting of trees shall be prohibited, except as allowed by and authorized by the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in compliance with the Z’berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 (Public Resources Code §§ 4526 et seq.).
   (b)   Regulated Trees. The following trees shall only be removed with an approved Tree or Plant Removal Permit issued in compliance with § 88.01.050 (Tree or Plant Removal Permits):
      (1)   Native Trees.  A living, native tree with a six inch or greater stem diameter or 19 inches in circumference measured four and one-half feet above natural grade level.
      (2)   Palm Trees.  Three or more palm trees in linear plantings, which are 50 feet or greater in length within established windrows or parkway plantings, shall be considered to be heritage trees and shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter regarding native trees.
   (c)   Tree Protection from Insects and Disease.  For regulations on the treatment and disposition of felled trees, see § 88.01.090 (Tree Protection from Insects and Disease).
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007)