The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California

26 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2016

Date Written: 2015


Property disputes involving trees occur frequently in California and across the United States. This article provides a summary of California laws about the ownership of trees, tree encroachments, obstructions, and municipal ordinances that regulate tree growth. This article also provides policy recommendations for the future development of tree law in California. Specifically, this article argues that laws should encourage respect for trees and that laws should provide incentives for private citizens to support the health of urban forests.

Keywords: Trees, environmental law, land use law, natural resource law, real estate law, urban forest, encroachment

Suggested Citation

Raskin, Ellis, The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California (2015). 21 Hastings W. Nw. J. of Envtl. L. & Pol'y 113 (2015), Available at SSRN:

Ellis Raskin (Contact Author)

Angel Law ( email )

2601 Ocean Park Blvd.
Suite 205
Santa Monica, CA 90405
United States

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