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A. If a tree is removed without a Tree Removal Permit, a violation shall be determined by measuring the stump. A stump that is eight caliper inches or more in diameter shall be considered initial evidence of a violation of this chapter.

B. Removal of the stump of a tree removed without a tree removal permit prior to the determination provided in, above, is a violation of this chapter.

C. Proof of violation of this chapter shall be deemed prima facie evidence that such violation is that of the owner of the property upon which the violation was committed. Prosecution of or failure to prosecute the owner shall not be deemed to relieve any other responsible person.

D. Tree removal or topping caused by natural weather conditions shall not be deemed a violation of this chapter and shall be exempt from all penalties set forth in section