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Hwy 174 Now Targeted For Tree Removal

Despite 2 wet winters in Nevada County, the impacts of 4 drought years continue to be felt. Cal Trans has begun the process for another tree removal project. After removing hundreds of trees along Highway 20, between Nevada City and Yuba Pass last year, Agency spokeswoman Liza Whitmore says Highway 174, between Grass Valley and Colfax, is now being targeted…

click to listen to Liza Whitmore

Whitmore says certified arborists are contacting property owners all month for permission to make assessments…

click to listen to Liza Whitmore

Whitmore says if permission is not granted and a tree ends up being a factor in an accident, the property owner could be liable.The tree removals also include a 2-mile stretch, between You Bet Road and Maple Avenue, where Cal Trans is proposing a separate project designed to reduce accidents, including collisions with trees. Opponents have expressed concerns about the removal of healthy trees in that area. Free removal of dead and dying trees won’t begin until the spring and summer of next year. Most of the trees removed from Highway 20 were converted to energy at a biomass facility in Placer County.

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