Two Storm Panel Recommendations Include Tree Removal Fund

WILTON, CT (WCBS 880) – It took more than a week for some in Connecticut to get their power back after Irene and the freak October snowstorm. In many cases, it was because of so many downed trees.

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90 percent of the wires that ended up on the ground after Tropical Storm Irene came down under the weight of a tree, says Gov. Dan Malloy’s Two Storm Panel.

Even after the October snowstorm seemed to repeat the trend, you can still everywhere ample opportunity for Mother Nature to knock out the lights again.

The panel made 82 recommendations in a more than 40-page report, including the establishment of a statewide hazardous tree removal fund providing matching grants for homeowners to remove problem trees on private property if they endanger power lines.

The panel says that 1.5 percent of funds that have been approved for utility vegetation management programs should be used to fund the tree removal program for five years.

Do you like the idea? Sound off in the comments section below!


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  2. Jim G Govoni says:

    Burrying power and communication lines should be part component in The Storm Panels recommendation. I am sure neighborhoods with underground utilities were set to go once the distribution system was brought back up.
    We live in a fuel injected society where the public wants to flick the switch and have 24hrs-7days a week services. They want shopping .fuel for there autos,banking,streets plowed,grass mowed,etc. Now is our oppurtunity to join as a State and provide for our future generations. We manage what has been planted . It is time to re-think when,where ,and what we plant. I have always enjoyed reading the works of Fredlric Law Olmstead [designer of Central park] and Rev. Horace Bushnell { influenenced Olmstead]. They are the fathers of landscape design in our country at the turn of the 19th century. Both residents of Hartford. Olmsteads design concept is brillant. Well worth reading. I read the report the panel wants to form a Vegatative Management Task Force. I strongly feel that your views should be expressed.

  3. Jim G Govoni says:

    I am not and advocate of topping or prunning unless there are crtical defects that will cause harm to propert or life in an Urban setting. In the forest where there are no targets, let them be.
    My concern of burring the utilities is that damage will occur to the root system that is located12″-18″ below the surface. When this is done premature decline is set into motion. The tree will balance its crown to root structure and start shedding branches. This does not mean burial of distribution lines is not an option, we have to keep in mind the overal health of our trees. Jim G Govoni

  4. Jim G Govoni says:

    I respect the comments I have read. It is clear that trees provide Social,Communal,Enviroemental, and Economic Benefits.

    It is also reasonable to expect the minimum disruption on the delivery of our utilities. With an aging baby bommer poupulation and more people working at home the users of these systems are becoming more dependent for health and economic considerations.
    It would be responcible and fair to look into a multiple approach to reducing not only the power outages but loss off personal property and personal injury.

    A. Our distribution system needs to be upgraded, modernized, and maintained !

    B. Our Urban Forest are aging. It is estimated they are between 75-100 years old. Trees like Humans are genecticly programed to live a certain time , decline, then die. Our Urban Forest our for the most part mature and moving into the declining stage. Tress will need to be removed! They become a Hazard to life and property.

    C. I would suggest that included with the fund for removals there should be
    money for replacements.
    An Urban Forest is unlike a natural forest where trees plant themselves. {succesion]. An Urban Forest is planted and maintained by man. If you do not plant replacement tress eventually they will mature,die. there will be no trees!
    We are managing a Urban Forest that was grown for us by past generations. We have learned what does and does not work. It is time need to re-think site selection. Having that knowledge,an awareness of climatic change, the expansion of Global Trade which have brought new insects and dieseases to our continent We can Plant an Urban Forest for the futuregenerations.

    1. Linda Sperling says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, but removing the old trees and planting new ones without burying the power lines is going to eventually cause the same problems. One of the reasons I think causes the old forestry to become diseased and dangerous is that they get “topped” to accommodate power liines. You can’t cut out major portions of a trree without expecting the health of the tree to suffer.

      1. Jim G Govoni says:

        You are a reasonable person. I would welcome dialog with you on this issue. You have good points! We need more advocates to plant for the future.

        1. Linda Sperling says:

          Thank you. It isn’t so much a question of being reasonable as using some common sense, something the power companies and regulatory agencies sorely lack.

  5. Linda Sperling says:

    Instead of removing trees which are vital for good air quality and aesthetically beautiful, why don’t these morons put the electrical lines underground. This is the 21st century for heaven sake.

    1. blyncyhblack says:

      *EXACTLY* what i was going to say: the area i live in looks like photos from the 1880s with so many overhead wires, and more being added all the time, as new residents move in and get cable, new phones, internet access, and, of course, electricity. why is 21st century technology so dependent on 19th century infrastructure? it’s absurd. every study proves that trees are essential for clean air, and a relaxed and enjoyable environment. get rid of those unsightly *dangerous* wires and leave the trees.

      1. Linda Sperling says:

        I know it’s expensive to sink all those lines, but you can’t tell me it’s more expensive than the damage that’s done when they come down, or the cost of hiring out of town labor and paying local workers overtime to make repairs. In the long run, it has to be cheaper to put them underground, not to mention safer for everyone.

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