As eagle-eyed Westporters spot tiny patches of green* around town, can buds on trees be far beyond?
Probably. But as the temperature climbs near 50 — be still, my heart! — it can’t hurt to talk about trees.
Tree warden Bruce Lindsay recently updated 1st Selectman Jim Marpe and the Westport Tree Board about “tree-related accomplishments” over the past year.
More than 100 were planted in Westport since last spring. Sites include downtown, Town Hall, the transfer station, Staples High School, Veterans Green, Jesup Road and Longshore.
Many were donated by Planters’ Choice Nursery in Newtown. They’ve provided more for 2015, to be used for Main Street improvements, Parks and Rec plantings, on roadsides, and in Tribute Tree and Arbor Day projects.
Donations of trees, planting services and funds also came from the Westport Woman’s Club, Smith Richardson Foundation, and local residents.
In January, Public Works and the Parks and Rec Department conducted a tree inventory on 200 acres of land at Longshore and Compo Beach. The information — including species, diameter, health, risk factors, maintenance needs and potential threats — will be merged with the town’s Geographical Information System.
Ahead: an inventory of trees on all public properties. That will generate a management plan, to be used for years to come.
Westporters love our trees — until they fall on our power lines, grow dangerously old or tall, or otherwise cause concern. Thanks to our tree warden and board, it looks like we’re emerging from a long walk in the woods of neglect.
PS: Interested in volunteering with the Tree Board, or learning more about Westport’s trees? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-341-1134.
*A color often associated with grass.