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With the devastating Atlantic hurricanes last year and severe winter weather recently departed, homeowners, property owners, and insurance adjusters are keenly aware of tree destruction that can significantly alter the appearance, enjoyment, and value of a property.

Natural events, however, are not the only cause of damage to trees. Fires, vehicle accidents, improper construction activities, and vandalism can all inflict permanent damage on them. In some cases, even simple confusion about boundary lines can lead a property owner to mistakenly remove a tree that actually belongs to a neighbor. Other cases involve intentional trespass, which may have more significant insurance implications.

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