One goal of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project is to avoid removing or impacting trees as much as possible. In cases where trees are removed for the project, the project will be responsible to mitigate the loss of protected trees.
As the Trail alignment primarily follows an overhead electric transmission corridor, the City and SMUD are working together to select tree species that meet the needs of the parks and trail, but also meet SMUD’s safety goals to protect power lines and reduce wildfire impacts. See SMUD’s website for additional information: https://www.smud.org/en/Corporate/Environmental-Leadership/Protecting-Trees-and-Power-Lines
Separate from the Trail Project, the City will be working with SMUD to evaluate trees along the SMUD corridor which are unhealthy or impacted by utilities that should be removed to eliminate other hazards or further utility conflicts.