Protecting Forest In Florida When someone thinks of Forests they never think about Florida. Florida has an abundant number of trees and different tree species. Many different Oak trees, palm trees and even tall pine trees grow well in Florida. These trees are vital to clean air, habitats as well as the beauty of the state. When people think of Florida they don’t think of forest, but they do think of beaches and probably Disney World. Florida has many protected trees where a homeowner cannot just cut it down. Live Oaks for example require permits from most cities and the only way to get a permit approved is by a strict list of requirements. Some of these requirements may include that the tree is dying and has been looked at by a certified Arborists. The oak tree is causing structural damage to a house, commercial building, street, sidewalk or driveway. Sidewalk damage along might not be enough to get a live oak tree removed. Lightning strikes – Every year palm trees and oak trees are struck by lightning and most do not survive the hit. A lightning strike is usually enough to get a permit approved as long as a certified Arborist from the city inspects the tree. Oak trees are very strong and can take a lot of damage before they begin to die off. Homeowners in Florida are required to maintain the trees on their properties whiles cities are required to protect their local forested areas. With strict rules, regulations and requirements; trees in general in Florida are well protected. It takes a professional tree service to remove large oaks, palm trees and pine trees and most licensed providers in Florida will know the permitting process and how to apply for a permit for the homeowner.