Alfaretta oak mutilated

After intervention from a neighborhood oak advocate, tree cutters stopped cutting down a very large Garry oak on the Alfaretta property whose owner is applying to split the property into three to build two more houses there. This Garry oak tree was a perimeter tree, which the Lakewood Municipal Code states "shall be preserved". In addition, it is a Garry oak, whose destruction on properties of this size requires a permit. Unfortunately, the tree sustained horrific damage. The tree cutters took photos before they packed up and left, to show that they had left it standing — in case anyone came after them and finished the job — so they couldn't be blamed. See bottom photo for the old Garry oak's original appearance. Of course we must do everything possible to prevent such tragedies.

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The mutilated tree is at the right here, part of the greater Garry oak canopy of the Dekoven area, as you can see:

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Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:37:17 PM