Trees and Development in Eugene

Trees are very cool, and Oregon probably has more trees than any other state—except perhaps Alaska.  In fact, residents here are probably outnumbered by trees some 30:1*.  Even though numerous, the cutting of even a dangerous, diseased tree still makes headline news in Eugene.

Many don’t realize that Eugene has several pages of regulations about the cutting of trees.  And while they’re a good idea in principle, compliance does increase development costs, which in turn runs up prices and rent.

*Assume 1 tree per 10’x10’ grid, resulting in about 4K trees per acre.  ½ of Oregon’s ~62K acres are forested, resulting in perhaps 125 million trees.  The population of Oregon is a little under 4 million people.

 

Eugene cares about its trees.

 

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