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Parks Department to hold hearing on unauthorized removal of public trees in the South End

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 22, 2013 10:58 AM

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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public hearing on the unauthorized removal of two public shade trees in the South End.

Two Norway maple trees on Dwight Street were removed during the construction of a new building at 518 Tremont St., according to the Parks Department. The department said the trees, which measured 14 inches in diameter at chest height, were removed without prior approval from the city’s tree warden.

State law prohibits the removal of street trees on public property without a public hearing and authorization by the tree warden.

If a tree is cut down without that approval, the property owner or contractor is responsible for the full replacement costs plus damages, which are typically three times the replacement cost, the Parks Department said.

The department will hold a public hearing Tuesday, August 13, at 10 a.m. at its offices at 1010 Massachusetts Ave. to discuss the removal.

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