Mattoon recently passed a tree ordinance to help preserve the tree canopy that covers many of our streets. The intention was good, but they added a provision in the ordinance that allows the cutting of sweet gum trees as a "nuisance tree". While I can see detering from planting new sweet gums, this provision has led to the slaughter of dozens of mature trees in just a few months. Effectively accomplishing the opposite of the ordinances goals.
Are tree ordinances common and are they generally effective? How are "nuisance trees" such as the sweet gum and ginkgo trees addressed?
Originally posted by Mattoon Tree Ordinance