STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press, Posted: December 04, 2011 - 11:47 am
HARTFORD, Conn. — Once again, Connecticut's trees are at the center of a storm.
Countless trees and limbs were brought down by the remnants of Hurricane Irene in late August. Two months later, trees with their leaves still fully on branches were overwhelmed by a rare October snowstorm and were felled by heavy snow. Both times, overhead electric lines were tangled in downed branches, which blocked roads and slowed repair trucks. Politicians, utilities and tree-lovers are now battling over the future of trees in one of the most heavily forested states.
Opponents of broader tree clearance have skewed priorities, said state Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester.
The Greenwich Tree Conservancy would disagree. It's urging state officials to require Connecticut Light & Power to bury power lines to avoid tree removal. "The cutting down of hundreds of thousands of trees is not going to solve the problem," said Peter Malkin, president of the group. "It would be an environmental disaster."