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Get smart about trees

Friday, August 23, 2019 by Tai Moses

Austin is renowned for being protective of its trees. Which is all to the good, though it can be a little confusing for homeowners wondering what kinds of construction projects may trigger the need for a tree permit, how to get one, and whether they even need one. To answer all of these questions and more, the Development Services Department’s Community Tree Preservation Division has created a series of free workshops called Get Tree Smart. Attendees will learn about the city’s tree ordinance, how to apply for a permit, why trees increase property values, and most importantly, how to keep Austin’s urban canopy healthy and happy. The workshops will be held on Aug. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., at University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Lane; and on Sept. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., at Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road. Kids’ activities and snacks will be provided. Find more details and register online at


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