People Behind Your Water: Drought vs. Trees

Santa Clara Valley Water District Vegetation Program Specialist John Chapman describes the effect of the drought on the health of local trees, and what home owners can do to help protect their own trees.


  1. Before removing a tree we must consider several factors including whether the tree provides habitat to a number of species. Tree removals are highly regulated by local government and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dead trees that are a potential hazard to people or property can typically be processed and completed in 1-2 weeks. Dead trees that do not pose a legitimate public hazard can take several more weeks to process and may include a replanting schedule/plan, specialized biological surveys, and other conditions of the tree removal permit.


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