Power Struggle: Balancing the Needs of People, Power and Trees

Cries for cutting down trees before another storm hit were heard far and near. The Greenwich Tree Conservancy grew concerned that, after the power outages of Hurricane Irene in August, 2011, and the Halloween Storm in October, 2011, there were constant calls for radical tree removals as the way to reduce power outages in the future. The GTC formulated the idea of sponsoring an educational forum to provide an assessment of the storm response and identify measures that would reduce the frequency and duration of outages and improve reliability of the power supply. Working with the League of Women Voters of Greenwich and other Fairfield County towns, as well as interested Fairfield county tree organizations, the idea came to fruition on the night of February 28th.

The forum featured a panel of five stakeholders; representatives included the chair of the Governor’s Two-Storm Panel, CL&P, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and a representative from the Concord, Ma. Municipal Light Plant, a municipality that has buried many of their power wires underground.


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Winter Solstice Eve and Winter Walk

Please join the Greenwich Tree Conservancy on the eve of the Winter Solstice 4:00 PM on December 20th at the Garden Education Center as we explore the winter woods with Denise Savageau, Conservation Director for the Town of Greenwich and Lisa Beebe, GEC Director of Horticulture.

We will discuss the beauty of the woods in winter with a focus on the branching structures of trees. Returning inside we’ll learn more about the Winter Solstice and trees as a symbol of renewal in winter holiday celebrations and conduct the Awards Ceremony for our 2012 Awesome Tree Contest, where the winning contestants will receive their awards. Refreshments will be served. Please reserve at: treeconserv@optonline.net.

Our Fifth Awesome Tree Contest Starts Now!

As the leaves begin falling from the trees, focus your camera on a favorite tree of yours, click, and send the photo to the Greenwich Tree Conservancy’s fifth Awesome Tree Contest. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, just someone who is wowed by the particular shape of a particular tree and you can be a winner. The categories for nominations of awesome trees are as follows: