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Bills to help control removal of trees

July 25, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - It likely will be more difficult to remove trees on public and private property under bills proposed by Maui County Council Vice Chairman Robert Carroll.

In his three bills, Carroll would like to regulate the removal and replacement of trees in areas such as along streets and in parks, increase the number of trees required in parking lots and protect certain trees within historic districts.

"The proposed bills will protect the beauty and character of our neighborhoods, improve scenic vistas, maintain air quality and help conserve energy," Carroll said in a news release last week. "The bills will achieve these goals by reducing the loss of trees, creating a tree removal and replacement process, and enhance shading in parking lots by increasing standards."

He added that currently there are no county laws on the books that regulate tree removal and tree planting; there are only guidelines.

The bills will be referred to a council committee during a meeting on Aug. 2.



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