Nevada County tree service responds in Bear Yuba Land Trust legal case
The owner of a Nevada County tree service said Friday he has been wrongfully included in a lawsuit filed over trees that were cut down in the Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve on Banner Mountain.
Anthony Koenn of Crown Tree Service said he was asked by his customer, Michael Nudelman, to cut down some trees while he was doing some other work on Nudelman’s property. He said there was no indication from Nudelman, who lives adjacent to the preserve, of any problems or concerns about ownership of the trees.
This week, Bear Yuba Land Trust announced it had filed a lawsuit against Nudelman in connection with the tree-cutting. Crown Tree Service was also named as a defendant in the suit.
Koenn issued the following statement Friday:
“Our company was led to believe by Mr. Nudelman that he had the authority to cut said trees down. We would never have performed such an act otherwise.
“We understand now that this was not the case and are very sorry to have been involved. We apologize to the land trust and to any one else who has been offended by this action.
“The largest tree cut was completely dead,” the statement continues. “The dead tree loomed over the heavily trafficked canal walking trail and it was a threat to human safety.
“The other two smaller trees cut down were directly in the way of successfully removing the dead tree. The downed trees were left on site, providing erosion control and wildlife habitat.
“The removal of the trees also provides a nice fire break that could protect parts of the forest from wildfire.
“Crown Tree Service would never have cut these trees if we had known we didn’t have the proper authorization to do so,” the statement continues. “We are very sorry to have been involved.
“We can only be satisfied that there are some benefits from the cutting and that we performed our job with excellence in service.”
Nudelman, contacted Friday, said he would have no comment on the case or on Koenn’s statement.
“I really wish that this case was not being tried in the press, but it is,” he said. “I can’t say another word.”
For more information on Crown Tree Service, visit http://www.crowntreesvc.com.
To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239
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