Mighty Oak

Alert “06880” reader Nico Eisenberger was saddened to see another large oak tree cut down earlier this month, near the Greens Farms train station.

(Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

(Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

He understands the “tree cutting frenzy” after recent hurricanes and windstorms.

But he wishes there was “transparency in who makes these decisions, and what the guidelines and objectives are.”

In recent days — as the stump and logs remain — he’s moved from sadness to anger. Why, he wonders, does Eversource (or the town) not conduct “prompt cleanup after they fell a once-beautiful, long-living thing?”

14 responses to “Mighty Oak

  1. I guess we’re all stumped now.

  2. Maybe they’re hoping some one will pick up the logs for firewood.
    I wish we had a before & after picture.

  3. A wise old Maine logger once told me, which a lamented for a large tree in close proximity to our house, that when a tree becomes dangerous, it ceases to be beautiful. There are absolute measures of danger when it comes to large trees. Sad though it may be, the welfare of man must prevail.

  4. Yes, some transparency would be a good idea. Regulated utilities have little incentive to reduce costs, as they pass them through to rate-payers. Chances are decisions on what trees to remove are made by the tree contractor, which DOES have an incentive to do more work.

  5. Looks like the beautiful old tree at the corner of N. Compo and Rte 1 near Trader Joes has been badly damaged by all the work they did there. There are a few leaves left. I hope it can be saved.

    • Joyce Barnhart

      I wonder if that tree at Compo (south side of Route 1, I think) will become a victim of the very common practice of “volcano mulching”. Mulch is spread right up next the trunk, covering any root flare and creating many problems, including rotting roots and damaging the bark of the tree. It will take a few years, but trees mulched that way are likely to die. Homeowners beware!

      • Morley Boyd

        Joyce, Wendy Crowther and I have set the owner of that tree straight. If fact, Equity One removed the mulch volcano that was there and did some remedial work to the tree. I think that, at present, it is suffering from anthracnose – hopefully it will throw that off.

  6. Susan Hopkins

    So with Nico Eisenberger on this …

  7. A retired CL&P employee involved in siting major projects and substations in SW Connecticut writes: “The New Creek substation originally was proposed with no trees left along New Creek Rd as they all were deemed to be not in good health or in danger of falling into the energized structures of the new substation if they failed or were carried by winds during storms. At the request of neighbors, Greens Farms Academy and Westport’s P&Z and Conservation Commissions during the siting process( when yours truly lead the outreach process in town), then utility CL&P(now Eversource) agreed formally to allow 12 to 14 mature trees alongside New Creek Road to remain as long as they were healthy.

    “Meanwhile CL&P also planted nearly 200 trees, between thee older trees and the new substation fence, many fairly large when planted(10 to 15 feet high), with the plan being to have these new, much denser, mostly evergreen trees fill in and grow taller, to better screen the substation equipment when these old trees failed and were removed – which we estimated would take place within 10 years for all these old deciduous trees – which only provided screening from midMay to early October when in leaf.

    “I am not defending the practice of leaving behind branches or tree limbs and trunk sections – but usually the contractor cutting the tree down doesn’t remove the remains – especially the large trunk sections – that is done by another contractor who follows up later – normally within two weeks.

    “So, that’s the story there. All the above approved by the town selectmen, several boards and neighbors.”

  8. Jonathan is right. I think the Town has allowed dead tree trunks and limbs to stay on the ground due to the desire of firewood sellers to pick the pieces up, get them cut to fit fireplaces and sell them. (that may have been long ago……….)

  9. Morley Boyd

    As it happens, this was on Westport’s inventory of notable trees owing to its age and caliper. I inspected it last year after receiving a report that it was possibly housing feral honeybees. It turned out that the residents were yellow jackets. But the tree was indeed a force of nature and I’m sorry for its loss. My understanding is that the wood will be removed shortly.

  10. Vanessa Bradford

    I think one crew cuts the trees around town. The clean up is done all at once when trees are felled?

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  11. Dick Lowenstein

    I hear the oak was the great grandchild of the Charter Oak. True?