The church says that it prunes to keep branches of hanging too low. Now it is looking at a fine of $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning for a total of $4,000. That’s right. $4,000 for pruning your own trees.
I just happen to dislike excessive pruning of trees — a point of continual debate with my wife. Indeed, I do not like virtually any pruning of tree. Yet, property owners should retain some discretion over their own trees.
Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division, says that the city has had a tree ordinance since 1978 and it will continue to be enforced. The article below notes “the state Division of Forestry recommends that anyone trimming trees should be certified by the National Horticulture Board.” Really? You are supposed to get an expert to trim your trees?
I admire the effort to preserve trees and the legendary beauty of Charlotte. Indeed, I understand that there may be reasonable limitations on cutting down trees. However, this strikes me as excessive regulations.