San Leandro is unique among many Bay Area communities in that it does not presently have adopted tree protection regulations. Following the removal of a very large heritage tree by a private property several months ago, community residents from the Mulford Gardens neighborhood petitioned the City Council to consider adopting new regulations that would provide citywide tree protection measures.
The draft ordinance would apply to the removal of larger trees (defined as "Protected Trees") on private property, which meet any of the following criteria:
- Any live woody plant having a single perennial stem of 18-inches or more in diameter;
- Any multi-stemmed perennial plant having an aggregate circumference of 40-inches or more, measured 4½ feet above the natural grade;
- Any tree of particular historical significance specifically designated by official action;
- Any tree that is part of a grove of three or more trees that provide integral cover.
For additional information about the draft ordinance, please contact the Department of Public Works at (510) 577-3440. For community residents interested in filing formal comments on the draft ordinance, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (510) 577-3367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Information submitted by City of San Leandro