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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Caring for Trees in San Anselmo

Many sections of San Anselmo are covered by oak, madrone, and other trees which contribute greatly to the scenic beauty of the Town. In addition, the trees of the Town are an integral part of the Town's complex environmental system.

The spread of Dutch Elm Disease, Sudden Oak Death and other tree diseases has caused the removal of a large number of trees within the Town limits. The spread of disease is a continuing problem, as was seen with the trees in the Red Hill median and two trees at Memorial Park.

One of the most important ways to help preserve the beauty of our town is to please remember to periodically have your trees inspected and maintained as appropriate. The Town does inspect along the main streets and side streets during the course of work in the field. However, many property owners do not realize, street trees in the public right-of-way should be maintained by the homeowner of the adjacent property.

In addition to pruning and tending to the tree’s health, maintenance of the trees includes sufficient trimming so that 15 feet of clearance is created over gutters and roads. Also, a tree growing in a parkway or sidewalk area should not obstruct the view of any intersection or any traffic upon the streets. A tree permit and/or an encroachment permit may be required to perform this work and can be obtained at the Public Works office or at Please note, trimming less than 25% of a tree does not require a permit; however, topping a tree is not allowed.

If there are trees that appear dead, dying, or dangerous, please email the Public Works Department at and the Town will have it inspected and/or require the property owner to get an arborist report.
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