[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Red Hook 10-7-2002 by L.L. No. 1-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village of Red Hook will implement an ongoing Community Forestry Program.
Trees will be periodically inspected for health and vitality and for any hazard that they might impose due to damage and/or disease as determined by a certified arborist. This arborist will make recommendations to the Village of Red Hook that may include trimming, cabling or removal. As much as possible, courses of action will be chosen to maximize tree life and minimize financial expenditure.
When it becomes necessary for the Village of Red Hook to remove trees that are located within the Village of Red Hook right-of-way, these trees shall be replaced in accordance with the following guidelines:
The new trees shall be placed at distances from the edge of pavement equivalent to that of the removed tree/trees.
The replacement location may be adjusted in a fashion parallel to the edge of pavement as necessary to avoid the remains of the existing stump or an underground structure or utility, or as appropriate based on surroundings above ground, e.g., corner lots.
The replacement shall be made within one month of the removal. If the replacement time frame occurs within a season generally not accepted as adequate for planting, then the tree replacement shall be performed as soon as possible after the beginning of the next growing season.
Selection of new trees for replacement will be based on but not limited to the following considerations:
Caliper (i.e., size) measurements will be between 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches to ensure both aesthetic value and resilience through replanting.
Regional climate and Village/site microclimate.
Ability to withstand the particular site's level of vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, snow plowing, road salt, etc.
Species selected must ensure sufficient biodiversity, both Village-wide and with respect to the particular site's surroundings, in order to maximize the resilience of the Village's tree population.
Site-specific safety and aesthetics.
The previous guidelines apply to all trees removed by the Village of Red Hook from June 2001 forward.
The Village of Red Hook will set aside a budget of at least $2 per capita, based on Village population, for the implementation of the Community Forestry Program.
The Village of Red Hook will institute an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation. They may be coordinated with state and/or national Arbor Day celebrations, the annual Red Hook Apple Blossom Day event, the Red Hook Community Forestry Program, or any other factors deemed appropriate in any given year.
The observance should attempt to educate the public about the many environmental and social benefits of biodiverse and ecologically appropriate tree, plant and animal populations.
Each year, during the month of December, the Red Hook Village Board will appoint three officers to the Red Hook Village Green Committee. The officers are charged with:
Each appointment will be for a term of one year, and the appointments will not be subject to any term limits. The Red Hook Village Board should strive to appoint people with appropriate knowledge and background, though professional forester or arborist experience should not be deemed necessary for service.
Aside from the board-appointed officers, the Red Hook Village Green Committee will be open to any and all members of the community who wish to provide assistance to the Committee's officers in carrying out their charge of developing and administering the Community Forestry Program.