|Loveland's Independent News Source
|Tree Killer At Large
|Letter by President of Lake Loveland
Recreational Club to members
On Oct 21, 2013, at 9:45 PM, Rob Woodward wrote:
Not sure what to do with this info. But seems like
Loveland folks would be interested and upset. Some
guy has decided to cut and kill trees on city property
to improve his view.
In early September, Brian Shumm (the owner of the
brick house at 1402 Lake Drive across the street
from the Lake Loveland boat ramp, cell (420-1563)
hired a company to remove a couple of trees on the
lake that were blocking his view. The trees are
across the street from his house, and they currently
provide shade to people who park in that lot. He got
permission from Ron Brinkman at Greeley Loveland
Irrigation Company after telling GLIC that the trees
were diseased and dying.
A neighbor noticed the company cutting down the
trees and tried to get them to stop. The
confrontation escalated and the police were called
in. Mr. Shumm was instructed to stop cutting down
the trees until the ownership of the trees was
confirmed. Just a couple of branches had been
removed at that point.
After meeting with an arborist, I notified GLIC that the
trees were healthy cottonwoods, and that GLIC had
granted permission under false pretenses. GLIC
withdrew permission. (by the way GLIC didn't have
authority from city or LLRC) We went to talk things
over with Mr. Shumm, and told him that GLIC had
withdrawn permission and that he should not make
any further attempts to remove the trees.
Last week, we noticed that someone had cut deep
rings around the entire circumference of both trees
(these rings will cause rapid death of both trees).
Mr. Shumm says he has "no idea who would do
that." I confirmed with the tree cutting company that
those rings were not cut when they left the job, and
were cut after they left.
Additionally, he has decided he doesn't want people
to park on the public street in the front of his house.
So he has placed "no parking" signs in his grass.
The police said they couldn't take action because
the signs themselves are on private property.
|View from the westside of the property Brian Schumm purchased last August. The trees on City
of Loveland property across the street are visible from the house. Schumm is being accused by
neighbors of vandalizing the trees after the Loveland Police and GLIC told him not to harm the
trees until the matter could be resolved.