Magazine article American Forests

Tree's Loss Prompts Study

Magazine article American Forests

Tree's Loss Prompts Study

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The banner--Remember this tree--was visible in the branches of a Colorado state champion horsechestnut whose future is in doubt, even though its legacy is very much alive in the legislative halls of Boulder.

The 60-foot tree, on Margery Goldman's property in the city, has sparked a debate about Boulder's land use code, which requires protection of trees more than 6 inches in diameter during construction.

A gray area appeared, though, when construction began on the lot next to Goldman's; the horsechestnut's roots--but not its trunk--fell on the affected property, and so the tree was not protected. The 60-foot tree lost more than half its root system during construction and, without those roots to anchor it, is considered endangered by "the notoriously brutal Front Range winds" and might need to be taken down, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

City land-use planners began compiling information for city council on existing regulations and options for beefing up Boulder's tree protection ordinance. …

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