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Palm Springs delays vote on new tree trimming policy after mixed reaction from residents


The Palm Springs City Council delayed its vote on the new policy, citing opposition to the plan.

The policy will be discussed again at a future meeting.

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Walking along Palm Canyon Road, you'll find several palm trees. And you might notice their signature 'skirts.' But those skirts could change if a new tree trimming policy is adopted by the city of Palm Springs.

City leaders are looking to supersede a policy that has limited their ability to cut them down.

If approved, all California and Mexican fan palms located within public right of way would have their skirts removed, not including the 140 palm trees in Downtown Park.

The city quotes public safety as the main reason behind the proposal. Some residents say fallen branches during high winds could pose a threat to people and vehicles. But others are concerned about the environmental impact it could have.

“They do provide a micro climate for animals, birds, some rodents, some squirrels, insects, a variety of birds. And I believe the skirts also do help protect the trunk of the tree. I think they’re beautiful the way they are. I like the way that they are trimmed to look neat and not too shaggy but I don’t think they should be removed 100% because they do provide an environmental impact.”

Sara Glisson, retired biology teacher

The California palm trees are native and unique to the valley. They also have a huge cultural significance to the local natives.

The city council is scheduled to discuss the proposal at the July 9 meeting but they also tell News Channel 3 it could be pushed to a later date.

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