Why trees should be protected?

Trees provide important environmental benefits (e.g. trees improve air quality, conserve energy, reduce storm runoff, sequester carbon, etc.). When mature and established trees are removed, many of those benefits are lost. In the City, Protected Trees must be maintained and preserved in a state of good health, structure, and form (SMMC 13.40.070). Furthermore, during construction, Protected Trees are required to be protected with fences and other barriers to prevent tree damage that may result in tree loss, property damage, or even personal injuries.

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1. What is an Existing Tree/Major Vegetation?
2. Is the Tree Protection Plan the only requirement for development regarding Protected Trees?
3. Why trees should be protected?
4. Can the City Arborist provide recommendations for development projects?
5. What is an ISA Certified Arborist?
6. What is a Project Arborist?
7. Is a Tree Protection Plan always required when building near a Protected Tree?
8. What happens if a Protected Tree is damaged?
9. How do I calculate the Tree Protection Zone?
10. When is an Arborist Report required?
11. Is the Arborist Report and TPP the same thing?
12. What is the format of an Arborist Report?
13. Is a permit required to remove Protected Trees?
14. Where can I apply for a tree removal permit?
15. Where can I get answers to additional questions?