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Two men fined $20,000 for illegal Tahoe tree cutting
by Associated Press
Feb 26, 2012 | 1009 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Two men have been fined $20,000 for illegally cutting down five trees to improve the Lake Tahoe views from a home owned by one of them.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board approved a settlement agreement Wednesday with Tanner Tingey of Fresno, Calif., who owns a second home near Tahoe City, Calif., on the lake’s north shore; and with Trent Udlock of Tahoe City-based Udlock Landscape Construction.

The two men worked together last summer to remove five trees larger than 14 inches in diameter from Carnelian Bay property just below Tingey’s Tahoe home, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza reported.

Officials with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency said the neighborhood’s property owners gave Tingey permission to remove the trees after he voiced concerns about possible fire danger. But officials determined the tree removal wasn’t necessary for defensible space around homes, and that the unauthorized cutting improved the Tahoe views from Tingey’s property.

“While they (Tingey and Udlock) admitted no wrongdoing, they regretted the cutting down of five trees, and were committed to remediation and moving forward,” agency spokeswoman Kristi Boosman told The Associated Press. “All parties were satisfied with the results.”

According to the planning agency, Udlock said he removed the trees because they had been marked with yellow paint and he thought they were supposed to be removed for defensible space.

California Tahoe Conservancy officials have said they did not mark any trees on the property with yellow paint. Tingey and Udlock also have said they did not mark the trees with yellow paint.

Phone calls to attorneys for Tingey and Udlock were not immediately returned.
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