Forests of the Domain

When To Contact Us

Recent Activities

Internships

History

Home



WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL THE OFFICE OF DOMAIN MANAGEMENT

1. When obtaining advice on care of or permission to prune or remove trees on a University lease.

(Click Here to view )(To Save Document)

2. When developing a site plan when constructing a new house or making additions on an existing house.

(Click Here to view)(To Save Document)

WHEN NOT TO CONTACT THE OFFICE OF DOMAIN MANAGEMENT

1) Purchase of Firewood. Please call Physical Plant at 598-1264

2) Obtain a Burning Permit. Burning Permits are needed before burning any yard waste or brush from October 15th -May 15th. Call the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Sewanee Fire Tower at 598-5535.


Cutting Or Removal Of Trees On Leases

INTRODUCTION

All trees are a part of the real property owned by the University of the South. University ordinances provide that trees may not be cut, bull-dozed or otherwise removed or destroyed by a leaseholder without approval of the University Forester. The following guidelines will cover most situations.

REMOVAL OF TREES

Any leaseholder desiring to remove one or more trees (including the clearing of an area for construction of a home) shall first contact the University Forester. If his approval is given, the University Forester will also advise the leaseholder whether the University wishes to retain the wood in the tree(s) to be removed. If the University does wish to retain the wood, the tree(s) will be removed by the University at its expense. If the University waives any claim to the wood, all costs of removing the tree(s) shall be at the expense of the lessee.

DEAD AND DANGEROUS TREES

On existing leases removal of dead trees, trees that have become dangerous, or major limbs that are broken or dangerous, is the responsibility of the lessee. However, the procedure for approval, and for determining ownership of the wood and allocation of cost, shall be the same as for other trees.

EXCEPTIONS

A residential leaseholder need not apply for permission to remove, at his or her own expense, any tree which is less than 4.5 feet in height. Trees which are greater than 4.5 feet in height and less than (6) inches in diameter at the ground line may be removed at the leaseholders own expense without permission from the University Forester if it is one of the following species (linked to helpful identification information):

Black Locust

Mimosa

Sourwood

Blackgum

Princess Tree

Sumac

Devil's Walking Stick

Sassafras

Tree of Heaven

The University Forester will make identification of trees for this exception when necessary.

SECURING PERMISSION TO CUT TREES

All tree cutting or trimming of trees must be approved in advance by the University Forester or his representative and shall be conducted in such manner and at such time as to be convenient for the University to exercise its option to convert and remove any parts of the cut trees.

All costs of the cutting (and clean-up) of such trees shall be borne by the leaseholder. Clean-up standards shall be set by the University Forester and agreed to by the leaseholder before cutting commences. If the University wants to use the wood, then the University shall bear the costs of removing materials from the site.



REQUEST FOR NEW LEASE SITE AND APPROVAL OF BUILDING PLANS

The first step in this process is to schedule a preliminary site visit with Domain Manager (x1268) to discuss house plan ideas and the lot you have selected. If a lot and plan are incompatible, it may be recommended that one or the other be changed.

Information Required

Applicant's Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Location of Proposed Lease:

Proposed Builder:

Square Footage: (Interior) ______________ (Other) __________________ House plans attached: ________

The following details are included:

A) One-quarter inch floor plan with rooms labeled & dimensions shown

B) One-eighth or one-quarter inch scale elevations of all exterior surfaces

C) Site plan which shows:

_____ placement of house on lot in compliance with set back requirements

_____ location of proposed driveway, fences, outbuildings, sidewalks

_____ location of trees to be cut

(you must schedule a walk through with Domain Manager, ext. 1268

prior to asking for Lease Committee approval). See attached procedures.

D) Exterior finish (include sample of each)

Type of Siding: ___________________ Color of Trim: ______________________

Color of Siding: ___________________ Color & Type of Roofing: ___________

E) Description of patio/porch/deck surfaces, railing design, colors, etc.,

F) Foundation material:

Estimated date to start construction:

Estimated date to finish construction: