Tree Warden Still Set to Remove Main Street Bradfords

Bruce Pauley was not convinced by residents at the August 8 public hearing that the trees could be made safe.


New Canaan Tree Warden Bruce Pauley will have the seven Bradford trees on Main Street removed within three weeks after a public hearing did nothing to change his mind.

"They failed to convince me that the trees could be made safe enough," said Pauley of the residents who showed up to the August 8 public hearing at Town Hall to try to save the trees. 

Andrea Sandor, a New Canaan resident who completed a “Community Forest” evaluation for the town in 1999, presented a variety of alternatives, including a fiscal breakdown showing that removal and replacement of all seven trees, at a cost of $8,465, would be the most costly option. 

"New Canaan spending on trees was meant to "shift" to a remove/maintain balance which better met resident’s expectations with regard to tree management," stated Sandor, who called for the public hearing. "Anecdotal evidence that the Town is not meeting resident’s expectations for managing this town asset is substantial and hasn’t changed over many years."

"Recent examples: town removal of specimen trees in Mead Park dedicated to Veteran, West Road Tree removals protested in Stamford Superior Court, Complete removal of all Locust Trees on Forest Street protested and re-evaluated, Mead Park Island clear-cut controversy and Irwin Park: large healthy estate Tree removal controversy," stated Sandor. 

While Pauley agreed that residents argued a good case for how the trees could be safer, he said that there was no way the Bradfords could be made safe enough to remain growing on Main Street. 

Pauley said five of the Bradfords will be replaced with three English Oaks and two Chinese Ginkgos at approximately 12 feet in height. 

Find attached Sandor's presentation on cost/benefit. 

SteveObs August 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I had a burrito for dinner.
Glen K Dunbar August 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
You all know I have to comment here. Umm. I will try to be polite though. How can I put this. If the town is willing to take bad trees down that are diseased/sick I for one support it. I HATE change too. I love things just the way they were. But, if they put fresh trees there it will still look nice.
SteveObs August 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM
paul bunyan real talk
Michael Nelson August 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Anyone know how long these new oak trees will be in place before they've overgrown their purpose? On a similar note, can we start holding citizens accountable and not the town, state or electric company, for bringing down the power grid after failing to maintain trees in their yard that are downed in storms, tearing down power lines?
Angie S. August 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I'm with J. Bauer on this one. :-)


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