07/06/2005: How not to doctor trees…
"....Dr. Douglas Principato is looking at a Paul Bunyan-sized fine — nearly $60,000 — for felling trees on his property.
Principato bought an aging home in North Barrington a year ago, intending to demolish it and put up another house. A tree service cleared about 40 trees that stood in the way. Principato says most of the trees were dead or dying. But village officials say they have no way of knowing because he didn’t obtain a permit.
But the village has a tree-removal permit requirement and preservation plan in conjuction with any building, expansion or demolition…and contend Principato was told the process and violated it in conducting a “massive tree-cutting.”
The village forester arrived at the fine by identifying 438 inches of trees felled and assesed that at $100 per inch plus seven unknown trees at $750 a piece...."
Courtesy The Daily Herald.
Or Shades of Mr. T who decimated a section of the ancient Oaks and trees in Lake Forest along the North Shore of Lake Michigan a number of years back. Just too much of a good thing in their "spring-cleaning mode."
Karen on 07.06.05 @ 11:52 AM CST