Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tree failure on Drew campus prompts assessment of forested area; Madison, NJ

Madison to assess 'Drew Forest' after fallen tree blocks road
Collapse of 200-year-old oak knocked out power to 100 houses
Published: Aug 11th, 1:57 PM
Staff Writer

MADISON – Following the collapse of an enormous old red oak tree on Drew University property that blocked Green Village Road, brought down electrical lines and knocked out power to 100 homes in the area, officials from the borough and Drew University plan to meet about the condition of the 50-acre “Drew Forest” on the campus.
Before officials discuss the Aug. 6 incident, a borough arborist and Michael Kopas, director of special projects at Drew and a member of the Madison Shade Tree Management Board, will study the area, said Borough Administrator Raymond Codey.
The tree, 52 inches in diameter, fell across Green Village Road between Hillside Avenue and Glenwild Road at about 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.
No injuries were reported, but 100 homes in the area were without power and telephone service for two hours, and traffic signals were disabled.

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