An unlucky young couple in Glendale, CA got hit such a huge fine for trimming some native trees without the proper permit that you simply won’t believe it. Read the article.
Naturally the couple started a website about it, where I found under "Improve the Ordinance" this comment by a certified arborist: "In 28 years in the business, I have found tree preservation policies mostly an impediment to good tree care." Yeah, that’s what happened in my town. Passionate single-issue activists were much more vocal in our tree-law-writing process than, oh, arborists and people who believe that dead and dying trees might pose a hazard to human safety.
Oh, okay, the fine was $347,600. I’d be crying, too.