Resolution Landmark Tree Public Works Code Amendments and Landmark Grove Nomination Form Amendments and Adoption

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[Landmark Tree Public Works Code Amendments and Landmark Grove Nomination Form Amendments and Adoption]

Urban Forestry Council Resolution recommending amendments to Public Works Code, Article 16, Sections 802 and 810 to include landmark designation of groves and adopting the Landmark Grove Nomination Form for recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

WHEREAS, The Urban Forestry Council at its February 26, 2013 meeting directed the Landmark Tree Committee to propose amendments to Public Works Code, Article 16, Sections 802 and 810 to include landmark designation of groves and adopted a Landmark Grove Nomination Form, and,

 WHEREAS, the Urban Forestry Council has been charged with developing recommendations for the Board of Supervisors for designation of landmark trees through Article 16, Section 803 of the Public Works Code; and,

WHEREAS, San Francisco currently recognizes several groves of landmark trees, which were protected within Article 16, Sections 802 and 810 of the Public Works Code, before passage of the current landmark tree designation process; and,

WHEREAS, Groves provide many of the benefits stated for individual trees in Urban Forestry Council Resolution 001-04-UFC dated April 14, 2004; and,

WHEREAS, Groves may provide significant ecological, cultural, historical, and aesthetic benefits only gained by trees functioning in a larger group; and,

WHEREAS, The Urban Forestry Council recognizes that San Francisco’s existing landmark tree ordinance can be strengthened through creating provisions of landmark groves of trees; now therefore be it,

RESOLVED, That the Urban Forestry Council urges that the Board of Supervisors recognize the importance of such groves of trees through adopting the Urban Forestry Council’s Landmark Tree Committee recommendations for amendments to Article 16, Sections 802 & 810 of the Public Works Code; and, be it,

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Urban Forestry Council at its February 26, 2013 meeting directed the Landmark Tree Committee to adopt a Landmark Grove Nomination Form that would be used in the implementation of the nomination and evaluation process for landmark groves in the City and County of San Francisco, and that the Council will submit these documents to the Board of Supervisors for recommendation.

 I hereby certify that this Resolution was adopted at the Urban Forestry Council’s Regular Meeting on February 26, 2013.

 

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Monica Fish, Council Secretary                     Dan Flanagan, Urban Forestry Council Chair

VOTE: 9-0 Approved  

AYES: Members Flanagan, Buck, Costello, Hillan, Hillson, Sherwin, Sider, Sullivan, Sutherland    

NOES: None 

ABSENT: None