Oak trees are one of the visibly distinctive features of living in El Dorado Hills. Native oak trees that once dominated the foothills of Northern California are still quite noticeable throughout the community. In order to preserve this natural resource, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District controls the removal of oaks. Homeowners that wish to remove an oak must first seek approval through the EDHCSD.
Today in the mail I received an interesting ‘Public Announcement’ from the EDHCSD, regarding the removal of two oaks that are situated in Fairchild Village Park. The postcard informed me that there were two diseased oaks that would need to be removed in the name of public safety. They were very specific about the reasons that the oaks were being removed, even going as far as to include pictures and diagrams to justify the decision. I have lived in the neighborhood for close to 10 years, and this public notification of the removal of two oaks was a first. They provided a phone number so I called.
In an effort to be transparent, the EDCSD felt that it was important to inform the homeowners in Fairchild Village that they were removing two oaks in Fairchild Park. Apparently, there are several homeowners that have been fined for removing oaks from their property without the approval of the EDHCSD. I was told that they wanted to make sure that all homeowners were informed in order to head off any potential conflict or objections. If you are a homeowner in El Dorado Hills, and would like to learn more about the oak tree removal policy, visit the EDHCSD site and navigate to Our Services/Design Review Committe/Preservation of Oak Trees.