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Tree cut results in citation

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Grass Valley contractor Bruce Ivy was cited by a state forester for having a 95-foot pine tree cut down in August on a 72-year-old woman’s Banner Mountain property.

Mary Williams thinks Ivy had his workers cut down her tree Aug. 13 to improve the view from a lot at Northview Estates, an upscale subdivision where Ivy builds homes. The subdivision has views of Nevada City, Sugarloaf Hill and the Sierra Buttes.

Williams said she confronted Ivy about the tree Aug. 13 and returned Aug. 14 to find several more of her trees flagged for cutting. Williams said she tore down those flags and also gave Ivy written notice not to go onto her property.

On Aug. 21, Williams said a contractor working for Ivy came onto her property – again without her permission – and ground up the stump of the cut tree.

Ivy apologized in an Aug. 22 letter to Williams, saying the tree-cutting and stump grinding was not intentional.

“I want to begin by … expressing my apology for the error made by my men when they felled your tree without permission,” Ivy wrote.

Ivy included a check for $552 which he wrote was “triple stumpage” – the $308 the tree was worth at the mill, minus $124 which Ivy charged for logging costs, multiplied by three.

Standard timber industry practice is to pay double stumpage when a trespass occurs, Ivy wrote.

Williams never cashed the check.

“What kind of deal is that?” she asked. “He wants to deduct his logging (costs) from it, too.”

Williams said Ivy should have come to her first, so she could have said: “If you want this view and you want this tree, my price is … . Now you can either pay it or you can leave me alone.”

Williams wants $5,000 in compensation for the logging because, “I think it increased his view.”

Ivy said Monday that, “this was an honest mistake” and Williams’ motivation was, “all about money.”

“I believe The Union does not do enough homework about what is honest and true,” Ivy said. “Tim Omarzu is a lazy reporter. I want you to print that.”

The employee who cut down Williams’ tree wasn’t a licensed timber operator and Ivy didn’t have an active timber harvest plan for the logging he did on the adjoining lot, said a citation issued in November against Ivy and his forester, Scott Leonhard. There is no fine with the citation.

The citation was issued by Don MacKenzie, a forester for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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