Damascus approves tree ordinance at last meeting of the year | OregonLive.com:
After more than three years of discussion, Damascus residents will soon have more restrictions relating to the cutting of trees than ever before.
The city passed an urban forestry ordinance on Tuesday that outlines a set of requirements for removal of trees and limits how many and what kind of cutting can be done.
A 4-2 vote at the last city council meeting of the year came after much heated debate about individual property rights versus the importance of establishing and protecting a tree canopy.
'It's not going to ensure we have a good canopy forever but it will help us with our ecosystems services and water retention,' said outgoing Mayor Jim Wright.