Union Democrat Information about Drought Damaged Trees, Public and Private

Drought stricken trees along Hwy 108, Suger Pine

Cliff Notes from Friday’s Union Democrat Article (written by Alex MacLean) on the drought damaged trees:

  • The Dept of Industrial Relations determined that tree removal work completed as part of Gov. Brown’s Oct 30 executive order on tree mortality will not be subject to prevailing wages—–translation: (qualified) contractors who aren’t registered with the DIR will be able to participate.
  • Private individuals are not eligible for assistance to remove dead and dying trees on their property [under this program].
  • An estimated 9,000 dead and dying trees will be removed.
  • 75% of the cost will be covered by the state
  • CalTrans has asked the county to file a request that would allow Caltrans to remove hazardous trees up to 200 feet from the sides of state highways rather than just those adjacent the roadway.
  • The county is still advocating for the Federal Goverment to declare an emergency in California covering the tens of millions of dead and dying trees throughout the state.
  • Notices will be sent soon to private landowners to let them know inspectors will be in the area assessing trees.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will host a series of community forums on the topic of dead and dying trees in April that will include presentation from experts and time for questions.

  • District 6:  April 7, Columbia Elementary School, 22540 Parrotts Ferry Rd., Columbia.
  • District 1:  April 12, Country Administration Center, 4th Floor, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.
  • Districts 2 and 3:  April 14, Twain Harte School cafeteria, 18815 Manzanita Drive, Twain Harte
  • District 4:  April 19, Tenaya Elementary School, 19177 Hwy 120, Groveland.



Don’t get in a panic to take your trees down. 

Persons to Contact with concerns re trees:

  • Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, State Dist. 5:
    • Capitol Office
    • State Capitol, Suite #6027, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005
    • (916) 319-2005, (916) 319-2105 fax
  • Tracy Riggs, Office of Emergency Services:  533-5511 (leave a message)

PG&E must notify you re removal of trees from your property and you must pre-sign for removal.

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