Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DDOT: TOPS Updated to Reflect Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act

From: DC Government [mailto:dcdocs@dc.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:01 PM
Subject: DDOT Press Release: TOPS Updated to Reflect Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act

media advisory
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

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Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, terry.owens@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov 

TOPS Updated to Reflect Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that effective August 25 the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) will be updated to reflect the new tree protection measures included in the Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2015.  The new law, which took effect on July 1, 2016, amends the Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 and among other changes, expands the number of protected trees, creates a new level of protection for “heritage trees” and increases the costs of removing healthy trees in the District.  

In the past, only trees greater in circumference than 55 inches were considered “special trees” and needed a DDOT approved permit to remove.  The act redefines a special tree as a tree with a trunk circumference between 44 and 100 inches; this reduction in the circumference includes a significant number of trees that did not previously require a permit for removal. The fee for a permit will increase from $35 per inch to $55 per inch in circumference.  The fine for removing a special tree without a permit increases from $100 per inch of circumference to $300 per inch.  

In addition, the law designates trees with a trunk circumference of greater than 100 inches as Heritage Trees, and only allows the removal of these trees if they are hazardous or if they are a species (Ailanthus, Mulberry and Norway Maple) that is appropriate for removal. Heritage Trees deliver the most benefit for the ecosystem by impacting storm water runoff, providing habitat for species, and heat island mitigation.  Applicants may relocate and replant a heritage tree if it can be done without harm to the tree. The Act also establishes a new requirement that trees planted with Tree Fund resources, whether on public or private land, must receive a survival check.

The Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act raises fees for the first time since 2005 and reflects the higher costs to replace trees in the District. The additional funding will also allow increased tree planting in parks, on school grounds and other public spaces. 


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