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Tuolumne County Passes Native Oak Ordinance

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Sonora, Ca — The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a second and final reading of an ordinance designed to discourage the premature removal of native oak trees.

Penalties have been enacted for removing any old growth oak trees, removal of any Valley Oak measuring 5” or greater in diameter at breast height, and removal of native oak trees that result in a 10% or more decrease in canopy cover within an oak woodland.

If a landowner is found in violation, a building permit may be withheld for a period of five years. They may also be subject to monetary penalties.

Written by BJ Hansen