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Friday, August 12, 2011

Bear Reserve - Innis Arden Board Taking Aim at 46 Trees in Critical Area

Hearing is scheduled for Thurs, Aug 25th with Shoreline Hearing Examiner. 

The Friends of Bear Reserve are advocating to save the trees that are threatened.
Bear Reserve has many huge trees
that are 50-75 years old

What does the future hold for Innis Arden’s Bear Reserve
The Innis Arden Club has requested to removal of 46 mature trees in the Bear Reserve for the benefit of five home owners.  The City of Shoreline had “mitigated” the removal, limiting it to sixteen trees due the steep slope in the reserve.  The Innis Arden Club has appealed the mitigation to the Hearing Examiner. 

The Hearing to determine the fate of Bear Reserve is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, August 25th and 26th at Shoreline City Hall.  If the Innis Arden Club prevails then not only will Bear Reserve lose 46 mature trees, but home owners below the Reserve will also lose trees based on the Innis Arden covenant. 

It is estimated that in addition to the 46 trees the Club has proposed removing there are another 39 “significant” sized privately owned trees in Innis Arden, plus 5 in Grouse Reserve that will likely be removed. 

The City of Shoreline defines a tree as “significant” when a conifer is 8 inches in diameter at breast height (dbh) or 4’2.”  Deciduous and broad leaf evergreens like our native madronas are considered significant when they reach 12” dbh. 

No matter what the Hearing Examiner decides, any part of Bear Reserve that in not protected as “critical area” due to steep slope an/or stream conditions is at risk of losing 6 more significant trees every 36 months on each of the two parcels making up the reserve until the Innis Arden Club is satisfied.

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By Boni Biery 
Bear Reserve Tree - a valuable
natural resource

1 comment:

  1. and why are these trees so important? just as point water pollution in puget sound, the problem with tree preservation is one whereby incidental (i.e., less than 5-6 trees) are cut that depletes the overall vegetative canopy of Shoreline. It would be nice to see efforts directed by the author of this article (and this blog) to this effort, rather than to one neighborhood. They have been alerted in the past to tree-cutting and elected to not participate since it was not the Innis Arden Community Club.