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Contractors should be liable for tree cuts

The comments from the very frustrated, very angered lady whose trees were stolen from her by the predatory contractor struck an angry chord with me. In my previous life in Cleveland, this very same thing happened to a widow neighbor in Middleburg Heights. She sued, but did not have the strength to follow through and stay the course. The contractor destroyed the neighbor’s trees with no consequences. It made the rest of the neighborhood furious, and the net result was that we got our council to pass a “tree ordinance” that made unwarranted tree removal a punishable crime.

The contractor tried the same trick one more time, but it cost him significantly this time, and the tree cutting was caught in the process so that the police could stop him in the act. It was extremely satisfying to hear that he was caught red-handed.

That the Nevada County Sheriff would not consider tree theft a crime is outrageous. If the same person stole a tank of gas from the local self-serve station would likely put the perpetrator in significant legal trouble. Why would the destruction of a living thing that is absolutely irreplaceable in an individual’s lifetime not be a significant theft that a sheriff would at least be interested in dealing with?

D. B. Cameron

Nevada City

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