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Navigating Florida House Bill 1159

On June 26, Governor DeSantis signed legislation CS/HB 1159 – “Private Property Rights” which allows homeowners to remove trees deemed dangerous by a Certified Arborist or Landscape Architect without notice to their local government, without permission of their local government and without mitigation.

To view the approved legislature, visit

The University of Florida IFAS Extension invites you to participate in a special online program titled “Navigating Florida House Bill 1159.” The program will take place Tuesday, July 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

Login information follows:

Topic: Online Panel - HB 1159
Time: July 16, 2019  1 – 2 p.m. Eastern

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Meeting ID: 195 035 061

The online panel (with representation from legal professionals, county government, city government, and other experts including FL Chapter ISA) will field questions from urban foresters and administrators who may wonder how the law will affect their existing program.

Discussion Panel

Panel Members will include:

Norm Easey – CEO, Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture
Joe Gross – Natural Resources Manager, Hillsborough County
Andrew Koeser, PhD. – Asst. Professor of Landscape Management, University of Florida IFAS
Rob Northrop – Extension Forester, University of Florida IFAS-Extension
Jeffery Van Treese II, PhD., JD. – Adjunct Professor Palm Beach State College

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