In preparation of construction activities by Douglas County at 1723 Harney Street, the County is removing the trees to avoid violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The certified engineering firm, hired by Douglas County, completed the survey finding no active nests and two inactive nests. To avoid any impacts, the recommendations included clearing all trees within the non-breeding season before April 1 and removal of the trees from the site to avoid birds nesting in tree piles.
Tree removal activities are outlined in the purchase agreement between Douglas County and Metropolitan Utilities District, which occupies the building.
“We will work with Douglas County to ensure the tree removal is completed safely and with minimal impacts to the environment and the public,” said Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer Raied Stanley, who oversees the District’s facilities plan.
As part of M.U.D.’s sustainability plan, for every tree removed by the County, the District will plant replacement trees based on the size and type of tree.
“For example, when a 50-foot Linden tree is removed, the District will plant two 3-inch diameter trees to account for the unfortunate removal of a well-established tree in our service area or at our operational facilities,” Stanley said.
The District will continue to occupy the building at least through April 2020 per the lease agreement with Douglas County.
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