Sunday, February 21, 2010

Meeting In Collinsville Section Of Canton To Focus On Trees; Canton, CT

Meeting In Collinsville Section Of Canton To Focus On Trees -
Collinsville is losing trees.

As years pass, the giants that residents take for granted along roadsides and in yards are succumbing to disease and becoming brittle with age, said David Leff, a Collinsville resident and chairman of the village's historic district commission.

Many of the trees have already come down — large limbs have crashed through house roofs, crushed porches and taken down power lines — while others face the chain saw.

'It's time to plan for replacing them for the future,' Leff said Tuesday.

To get the process started, the commission will host a presentation Thursday featuring Chris Donnelly, an urban forester from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The public is encouraged to attend the 7 p.m. program in Room F of the town library and community center, where Donnelly will discuss how to sustain Collinsville's canopy of trees. The talk will touch on good planning, which types of trees are appropriate and what's needed to maintain them, such as pruning and planting. Donnelly also will discuss grant opportunities available for such efforts, Leff said.

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