Washington County has developed the following tree compensation schedule in an effort to develop a rational basis to compensate for the loss of residential shade trees caused by the construction of roadway projects. This tree schedule is a hardwood tree schedule and applies only to residential trees.
Tree Payment Schedule
Tree diameter measurements shall be taken at a point 18 inches above the base of the tree per Iowa DOT standard specifications.
Hardwood trees such as oak, walnut, hard maple or ash, including pine and evergreen trees:
- 6 inches or less - $ 75
- > 6 - 9 inches - $100
- > 9 - 12 inches - $200
- > 12 - 24 inches - $300
- > 24 - 36 inches - $400
- > 36 - $500
- Scrub, volunteer, split, topped, damaged, etc. trees: No compensation paid.
Trees planted in, or trunk encroaching on, existing roadway easement area: No compensation paid.
Compensation for softwood trees shall be at 1/3 the rate for hardwood trees.
The landowner may salvage the tree for the log and/or firewood.