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Save Costs, Save Trees, Bury Lines

Originally posted in Greenwich Time: Letters to the Editor:

To the editor:

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy, a non-profit citizen group dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of our “urban forest,” urges our elected officials to require Connecticut Light & Power to bury power lines in Greenwich, wherever it may be feasible. Many Greenwich residents are insisting after the devastation of Hurricane Irene that this be accomplished.

Burying power lines may actually be more cost effective in the long run for CL&P than repeatedly repairing the damage to overhead power lines after a major storm such as Irene and the nor’easter of March 2010, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result of climate change, it is projected that hurricanes will be increasingly frequent. There would also be a savings to the utility through the elimination of the continuing cost of tree removal and pruning.

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New Study Finds Treehuggers Had It Right All Along

– Story by Adam Cervin, Greenwich Patch

According to new research just released from the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute, urban forests across the country save thousands of lives every year. Trees not only save lives, but according to the study, they reduce hospital visits and the number of days taken off work, and help people nationwide breathe better. They do this simply by collecting pollutants on their leaves and branches and thus remove them from the air.
> Read the full story by Adam Cervin on Greenwich Patch.

April 1 PURA Public Hearing on Utility Vegetation Management Practices

PURA has announced that it will hold a Public Hearing in Docket No. 14-07-18 (utility vegetation management practices) on April 1, 2015 at 10:30 am at PURA, Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051.

According to the Executive Secretary of PURA, the public may speak at the beginning of the hearing. The public may also send letters to PURA regarding the utilities’ vegetation management practices until the end of the hearing. All communications to PURA on this docket should specifically reference Docket No. 14-07-18, and should be addressed to Jeffrey R. Gaudiosi, Esq., Executive Secretary of PURA:

via e-mail toPURA.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov and/orJeff.Gaudiosi@ct.gov or via USPS to PURA, Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051.

[Note: Mr. Gaudiosi has replaced Nicholas Neeley, who served as Acting Executive Director of PURA.]

For additional information, see http://www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org/recent-information-notices-and-news.html

Science News: Urban Vegetation Deters Crime in Philadelphia

Mar. 25, 2013 — Contrary to convention, vegetation, when well-maintained, can lower the rates of certain types of crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, in cities, according to a Temple University study, “Does vegetation encourage or suppress urban crime? Evidence from Philadelphia, PA,” published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

“There is a longstanding principle, particularly in urban planning, that you don’t want a high level of vegetation, because it abets crime by either shielding the criminal activity or allowing the criminal to escape,” said Jeremy Mennis, associate professor of geographyand urban studies at Temple. “Well-maintained greenery, however, can have a suppressive effect on crime.”

After establishing controls for other key socioeconomic factors related to crime, such as poverty, educational attainment and population density, Mennis, along with environmental studies major Mary Wolfe, examined socioeconomic, crime and vegetation data, the latter from satellite imagery.

They found that the presence of grass, trees and shrubs is associated with lower crime rates in Philadelphia, particularly for robberies and assaults.

Read the full story at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130325160522.htm Source: Temple University (2013, March 25). Urban vegetation deters crime in Philadelphia.

Shady Lanes Initiative

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy, in keeping with its vision of a healthy and beautiful town-wide community forest, announced in April 2011, its new Shady Lanes Initiative to select three main roadways each year to plant and steward trees. The 2011-2012 selected roads are: lower Lake Avenue, Sound Beach Avenue and Hamilton Avenue.

For more information, please contact: treeconserv@optonline.net.

Help Fill a Gator Bag

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy uses Gator Bags for watering of newly planted trees in Greenwich. Homeowners can help by filling these bags once a week if they have not been filled

Treegator® bags apply 15 to 50 gallons of water in a single application (depending on model and bag setup), equating to a fill schedule of 1 to 2 times per week for many new tree / shrub planting applications.

Once you’ve decided to plant a new tree, there are three basic facts to keep in mind:

  • Deep water saturation is key.
  • New trees need lots of water.
  • Establishment can take years.

Scroll down for a handy YouTube video that will show you how to use the Treegator® Bag. It shows where the fill opening is under the tag. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOTHrqF4oA

Treegator® Bags are not a permanent installation. The bags are used during the initial 1 to 2 growing seasons after planting. The Greenwich Tree Conservancy will remove them and reuse them for new plantings.
For more information on proper tree planting, visit http://treegator.com/watering/index.html.

Greenwich Tree Conservancy Celebrates Arbor Day

Click here to read the full story by Priscilla Lombardi on It’s Relevant.

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy celebrated Arbor Day and its 6th anniversary at McArdle’s Greenhouse Friday night.

Money raised this year will help fund a program that would allow the conservancy to plant trees around parking lots in downtown Greenwich.

“Specifically this year, we are dealing with a new technology called Silva Cell,” said Greenwich Tree Conservancy Executive Director JoAnn Messina. “Which is something that allows us to plant trees in parking lots, on sidewalks, and it can take traffic and the routes don’t get compressed.” Click here to read the full story by Priscilla Lombardi on It’s Relevant.

New Process for Town Tree Warden’s review of P&Z Applications of Town Projects and Public Hearings on Tree Removal

MEMO TO P&Z COMMISSION, TOWN TREE WARDEN
FROM: Diane Fox, Director Planning and Zoning/Town Planner/Zoning Enforcement Coordinator


DATE: June 3, 2011


After discussion with Bruce Spaman, Town Tree Warden, on the current processes of the timing of public hearings of tree removal on Town properties and reviewing the Public Hearings held by the Town Tree Warden on the North Mianus School site, the North Street School site and the High School Auditorium projects, he and I are proposing the following new procedures which we hope will aid the public in knowing earlier in the process about tree removals on Town properties for projects while reducing time and money for town projects.

Based on the experience of the appeals taken by the public on the three recent projects referred to above, Bruce and I have agreed upon the following:

  • Presently when a town project comes to P&Z as a preliminary site plan, it is routed to the Town Tree Warden for his comments. This will continue.
  • When and if the Commission gives consent to allow the applicant to proceed to final site plan, the Town Tree Warden will then post the trees that will need to be removed on and off site so that the public and neighbors can have an early opportunity to see what will be removed and if they desire to file an appeal or request that the Town Tree Warden hold a public hearing on these trees’ removal.
  • The Public hearing on tree removal is held by the Town Tree Warden, and if any trees posted for removal are to remain on site, the final site plan submitted will reflect any site plan changes resulting from this decision. These final plans may require IWWCA re-review or not.
  • Applicant/Town Dept. will submit final site plans to P&Z reflecting the Town Tree Warden’s decision after the 10 day appeal period (of the Tree Warden’s decision) is over.

This procedural change should make the process more transparent, allows the public earlier knowledge of both the project and tree removal, and saves time and money for the submitting town department or agency.

It was noted that the need for this change in the process was not evident in the past, but has become more of an issue within the past few years when town trees are proposed for removal when both town and private projects are submitted, ie. Greenwich Ave project at 410 Greenwich Ave.

It is our hope that the public and town bodies will see this as a positive response to the recent events and we are certainly open to discussion on this issue in public at any time.