Michigan Senate Approves Bill Looking to Limit Local Tree-Cutting Regulations

A bill moving through the Michigan Legislature is looking to limit local tree-cutting regulations.

The Republican-sponsored bill was passed by the Senate Thursday.

It would keep local governments from either prohibiting or requiring pre-approval for the trimming or removal of certain trees on private property.

It would also restrict them from imposing fees or fines, or requiring landowners to plant replacement trees.

However, it would allow local governments’ to maintain rules protecting so-called ‘heritage’ trees, which are trees that are at least a certain height, and not diseased, dying or posing a safety threat.

The bill now moves on to the Michigan House.