Throughout the North Shore, there are ordinances that keep certain trees from being cut down and attempts to regulate how trees are trimmed. Trees "R" Us, Inc is well versed on these regulations among the cities on Chicago's North Shore.
North Shore suburbs including Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Evanston and Winnetka already have relatively restrictive tree preservation ordinances regulating where and how trees may be cut down.
Residents feel they are losing their shade trees, their big oak trees--that for which towns like Glencoe is famous.
Among the strict guidelines for tree trimming on the North Shore are required permits which keep companies such as Commonwealth Edison Co. in check before workers put steel to wood. It further helps protect so-called historic trees, such as century-old oaks, against private homeowners with itchy power saws.
The measure includes a provision that calls for tree experts to approve and oversee all trimming on public land in Glencoe--and to help single out especially large, old or rare trees for special care. And as part of this policy, village residents will have the right to request an arborist be present during tree trimming by Commonwealth Edison, who trims trees that interfere with powerlines.
A similar tree controversy made headlines years ago in Lake Forest when resident actor Mr. T used a chain saw to turn dozens of leafy green sentinels on his estate into stumps. Lake Forest shortly thereafter enacted its own tree preservation measure regulating tree chopping.
In many of the North Shore suburbs, utility companies are required to get a permit before trimming trees. The permit is granted only after an arborist reviews and approves of the plan. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has several arborists on staff to help this process go seamlessly and quickly.
In fact, Highland Park takes its trees so seriously that any tree 8 inches or more in diameter cannot be cut down until the landowner receives a city permit.
This Highland Park ordinance was enacted back in 1991 and was one of the first in the nation.
In addition, all landowners in Winnetka must get a city permit before cutting down a tree that is 10 inches or larger in diameter.