Industry News: Tree Appraisal

Q: How can we protect our tree from neighbors who find it a nuisance?

Thursday, December 31, 2015  

Q: We live on Long Island and have a beautiful, well cared for, large oak tree on our front property. We would like to protect it from neighbors who find it a nuisance. Is there a way to have a tree "registered” or deemed historic? We were referred to your organization by LIA and will also be contacting Cornell Cooperative. Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

A: Thank you for your inquiry. I am not sure that your neighbor has any jurisdiction or right to tell you what you can do with your tree. If the tree is not creating an obvious risk for your neighbors and it is not over their property, then you should be able to enjoy it. As for special designations, some communities and states have established big tree registration. Also, if the tree was a witness to a historic event, then your community could chose to classify it accordingly.

Responder: Dane Buell, RCA #518, Bedford Hills, NY