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What is the City of Lakewood doing now to protect trees?
Chapter 18A of the Lakewood Municipal Code regulates land use and development, and section 18A.70 Article III regulates tree preservation. The City also observes LMC Title 14, Environmental Protection and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
The removal of “significant” trees is regulated, and incentives help preserve trees that benefit the community and environment.
“When a tree is cut down illegally, the responsible party will answer for it. We will stop work, we will issue fines, and we will take you to court. Sometimes the process takes time, but we do not go away. The city is not opposed to civil litigation beyond the issuance of infractions. We mean business.”
- Dave Bugher, Director of Community & Economic Development.
Violations of tree preservation code are punishable by fines and legal action. Recent violators were fined $55,200 in 2015, $30,000 in 2018, $73,467 in 2020, and $28,700 in 2021. Another violator is pending litigation.
Learn more at the City of Lakewood website.