Since it has been established that trees stabilize the soil and control water pollution by preventing soil erosion and flooding, absorb air pollution, provide oxygen, yield advantageous microclimatic effects, have an intrinsic aesthetic quality, protect and increase property values, offer a natural barrier to noise and provide a natural habitat for wildlife, and that the removal of trees deprives the residents of the Incorporated Village of Roslyn of these benefits and disrupts fundamental ecological systems of which trees are an integral part, therefore the purpose of this chapter is to prevent the indiscriminate destruction or removal of trees within the boundaries of the Incorporated Village of Roslyn and to provide for the relocation or replacement of trees which may be removed or destroyed.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person making an application pursuant to this chapter.
- DBH (diameter at breast height)/CALIPER
- The diameter (or caliper) of a tree measured at a point four feet above the base of the trunk or, in the case of a tree for planting, at least two inches in diameter at a height of six inches above the top of the ball.
- DESTRUCTION or REMOVAL
- Such practices as girdling, trenching near the roots, application of herbicides, or any other practice or action which may reasonably be expected to, either immediately or within the course of time, result in the death of a tree, but shall not include regular maintenance such as pruning or pollarding of a tree.
- The Superintendent of Buildings or such other enforcement officers as authorized by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
- Any living upright woody plant, together with its root system, which has at least one trunk of six inches or greater in diameter or 18 inches or greater in circumference at a height of four feet above the base of the trunk.
- TREE PERMIT
- A written authorization to plant and/or remove one or more trees pursuant to this chapter.