Proposed bill takes aim at DOT’s tree-cutting practices along CT highways

The recently proposed bill from state Sen. Alex Kasser, D-Greenwich, and state Rep. Stephen Meskers, D-Greenwich, suggests forming guidelines that would conserve urban forests and examine how the Connecticut Department of Transportation manages trees along highways and railroads. Many residents and groups including the Greenwich Tree Conservancy have lamented the tree-cutting along the Metro-North Railroad tracks and I-95 in both Greenwich and Stamford. The Tree Conservancy has also complained about tree-trimming by Eversource in the past. Mostly recently, the Tree Conservancy zeroed in on a construction project along I-95 that is expected to begin in fall 2022. During a public information meeting last month, a consulting engineer on the project said about 2 acres of trees would be removed from along over 6.6 miles of highway from Greenwich into Stamford. Meskers said he believes the vegetation management bill would resonate with some of his colleagues. In the meantime, he has been part of conversations with Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo, the I-95 project managers and state Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti about the issue.

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