20-0114 v3.X Down Tree From Neighborhood

Question

One-half of the canopy of a giant red oak broke off from the tree one morning in Candler Park in Atlanta, the neighborhood where the Owner of our project resides. Upon further inspection, an arborist determined that there was a hole in one of the branches facing skyward that would hold water any time it rained. As such, the tree began to rot and the canopy broke along the rot line. The City of Atlanta’s arborist agreed that the remainder of the tree needed to be removed due to the significant amount of rot. TEG owner Lauren Wallace asked their neighbor if they could have the tree when it was being taken down so that the wood that was not rotten could be reused. We are using Urban Harvested Wood exception to document the wood from this tree used for shelving and conference table. This meets all requirements suggested in I12-E6 8/2015 Urban Harvested Wood since the wood is from one tree (small quantity) and the tree is within project’s local municipal jurisdiction. The project and the neighborhood are both within L3-L6 zone classification. We understand that these exceptions are granted on a case by case basis, but we feel that we are meeting the overall intent of responsible sourcing by reusing this down tree. Additionally, our case is similar to the Dialogue post 15-0316 v3.X Down and Dead Trees from Neighbor where this approach was accepted. We want to confirm that the exception will be granted.

Answer

It is acceptable to use the wood from the red oak tree under I12-E6 8/2015 Urban Harvested Wood. The team should provide a letter signed either by the neighbor or the arborist, confirming that the tree needed to be removed due to significant rotting. 

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