Cal­trans Re­mov­ing Po­ten­tially Un­safe Trees From Road­side

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

Cal­trans is iden­ti­fy­ing and mark­ing dead and dy­ing trees that could im­pact the safety of the trav­el­ing public along state high­ways. The ef­fort is part of an on-go­ing need to ad­dress over 102 mil­lion dead trees that have died due to drought and bark bee­tle in­fes­ta­tion since 2010.

Cal­trans is mark­ing po­ten­tially haz­ardous trees along the road­way with or­ange paint and is seek­ing per­mis­sion from pri­vate prop­erty own­ers to re­move marked trees from their prop­erty. “Per­mis­sion to En­ter” forms will be mailed to af­fected prop­erty own­ers one to six months after trees are marked. Tree re­moval is pro­vided at no cost be­cause dead and dy­ing trees near high­ways are po­ten­tially haz­ardous to the public.

“Safety is our num­ber one pri­or­ity, and we are work­ing hard to re­move any po­ten­tial threats along our high­ways,” said Cal­trans Director Mal­colm Dougherty. “We’ve made sig­nif­i­cant progress al­ready and will con­tinue our ef­forts to en­sure the roads stay safe and open for travel.”

In Oc­to­ber 2015, Gover­nor Brown rec­og­nized the mag­ni­tude of tree mor­tal­ity and de­clared a State of Emer­gency. In the Gover­nor’s Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der, he es­tab­lished the Tree Mor­tal­ity Task Force where Cal­trans has been work­ing with part­ners like PG&E, county public works, CAL FIRE and the US For­est Ser­vice to co­or­di­nate tree re­moval. Col­lec­tively, the Tree Mor­tal­ity Task Force mem­bers have re­moved or felled over 640,000 dead trees in high hazard ar­eas. Cal­trans has re­moved 107,000 haz­ardous trees near Cal­i­for­nia high­ways and is ex­pect­ing to re­move 54,000 more by sum­mer of 2018.

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