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Effort to save trees in Camas fails

first_img CAMAS — A group of Camas residents thought they had won a battle against tree clearing and development in the city, but a lawsuit against Camas has given the developer permission to clear 79 trees to build homes.Alicia King first noticed a sign alerting the public to the planned tree removal and a time to meet with the hearings examiner. King, Geri Rubano and Heather Kesmodel spoke at the meeting, and the hearings examiner determined that 37 of the trees should be saved. Developer Waverly Homes sued the city and eventually settled.“The compromise there is, we would allow the developer to remove those trees, but (they) have to replace them,” City Administrator Pete Capell said. “Because of the compromise, we also required those would be more mature trees than normally required so they’d have fuller canopy sooner.”The three residents planned on holding a peaceful sit-in Wednesday to honor the trees at the site, 2223 N.W. 43rd Ave., but will end up honoring the trees’ memories instead. On Monday morning, a crew was out clearing the 3.84-acre property.About a third of the site is wetlands that can’t be touched. Waverly Homes will divide the remaining property into 12 inconsistent-sized lots, said Brett Simpson, Waverly Homes’ project manager for the development. click to enlargelast_img read more