Salem, Ore. – Following a comprehensive investigation, commercial developers at 2792 Marietta St SE in South Salem, including the property owners, property manager, and the local tree service have been cited with a total of $138,187.50 civil penalty after removing more than 100 trees from a property last December. Forty-eight of those trees were determined to be Oregon White Oaks, which are an established and protected tree in the valley. Owners of the property will be required to plant new trees that are equal in value to the trees removed as future development moves forward.
Salem’s Revised Statutes (SRC 808.015) require property owners to apply for most large tree removals and specifically restrict property owners from removing “significant trees” without a permit.
To report an issue, Salem’s Code Enforcement officers can be reached by dialing 503-588-6421.