The City of Durham is not obligated to replant vegetation if it obstructs future access to the easement. However, after clearing the easement, damaged areas will be properly graded and either mulched or seeded with grass. The easement will then be maintained as needed to ensure continued access. Per the language in Durham's Declaration of Rights and Privileges of the City of Durham in Certain Sanitary Sewer Easements:
No one may create or construct, in, on, over, under, or through the strips of land, any structures, fill, embankments, plants or flora of any kind of size, encroachments of any nature, obstructions of any nature or improvements of any nature, provided that the strips of land may be cultivated if the cultivation does not interfere in the opinion of the City with the rights and privileges otherwise in the City pursuant to this easement. The City shall have the right to clear the strips of land and to keep them cleared of structures, fill, embankments, plants or flora of any kind of size, encroachments of any nature, obstructions of any nature, and improvements of any nature. Nothing herein shall obligate the City to replace anything, including but not limited to plants and flora of any kind of size, that it clears in exercising privileges and rights in the City pursuant to this easement.