- For all protected native pines, the barricade must be erected around an area
at or greater than the full dripline.
- For all other protected tree species, the barricade must be erected around
an area at or greater than two-thirds of the dripline.
- For all species of mangroves and protected cabbage palms, the barricade must
be erected at a minimum distance of six feet from the protected tree(s).
The dripline means a vertical line running from the outermost
branches or portion of the tree crown to the ground.
Acceptable Protective Barricades
A physical structure not less than three feet in height composed of lumber no
less than one inch by one inch in size for shielding protected trees from the
movement of equipment or the storage of equipment, material, debris or fill.
Equivalent materials may be used to provide a protective barrier if first
approved by the administrator. [LDC 14-374]
Approved Alternate Materials:
Silt screen (a minimum of thirty inches -in height) may be used to enclose
and protect trees and vegetation. Staking must be adequate in size and spacing
to prevent the screen from sagging or collapsing. Silt screen must be buried or
have six inches of fill placed along the entire bottom if it is used as a
sediment barrier. NOTE: Fill material is prohibited within the barricaded area
[LDC 14-374], therefore slit screen is often a preferred barricading
Enviro-fencing (orange fencing; a minimum of three feet in height) may be
used for barricading when staked with a minimum of one inch by one inch wood
stakes or appropriate sized steel rods.
Yellow-Rope must have prior approval and may only be used for cleaning of
road rights-of-way. When approved, it must have a minimum diameter of 3/8 inch
and must be staked with a minimum of one inch by two inch stakes.
Gopher Tortoise Fencing
Chicken Wire, Hardware cloth, or Rat Wire (with holes no more than one inch
in diameter) may be used for gopher tortoise protection, when erected a minimum
of two feet in height above ground, angled inward towards the tortoise area, and
buried a minimum of one foot deep with the underground fence either vertical or
angled inward (never outward). These angles help prevent the tortoise from
climbing over or digging under the fence. It is imperative that the fence is
installed taut, with no sagging.
Vegetation Protection Requirements During Development
- No person shall attach any sign, notice or other object to any protected tree
in any manner that could prove harmful to the tree, except as necessary in
conjunction with activities in the public interest. [14-383(b)]
- During the construction, the owner or developer shall not cause or permit the
cleaning of equipment or material within the outside perimeter of the crown
(dripline) or on the nearby ground of any tree or group of trees which is to be
preserved. Within the outside perimeter of the crown of any tree -or on nearby
ground - the owner or developer shall not cause or permit storage of building
material and/or equipment disposal of waste material, or any other material
harmful to the life of the tree. [14-383(c)]
- No person shall permit any unnecessary fire or burning within thirty feet of
the dripline of a protected tree. [14-383(d)]
- Any landscaping activities within the barrier area shall be accomplished with
hand labor. [14-383(e)]
- Prior to the administrator issuing a certificate of occupancy or compliance
for any development, building or structure, all trees designated to be preserved
that were destroyed during construction shall be replaced by trees of equivalent
diameter at chest height tree caliper and of the same species as specified by
the administrator, before occupancy or use, unless approval for their removal
has been granted under permit [14-383(f)]
- The administrator may conduct periodic inspections of the site during land
clearing and construction. [14-383(g)]