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This is a Petition to Stop United Illuminating's Enhanced Tree Trimming and Enhanced Tree Removal Plans in New Haven.

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United Illuminating (UI) has begun a pilot tree removal program that will needlessly cut down trees in New Haven and other UI service areas.

UI plans to remove healthy, curbside trees taller than approximately 15-20’ under utility lines and and severely trim tree branches from nearby trees in a practice called Enhanced Tree Trimming (ETT). The practice has also been referenced by CL&P as Enhanced Tree Removal (ETR), which is more fitting given the overall goal. In the past UI provided selective trimming in a U or V shape around power lines, if trimming was needed at all. Common-sense selective trimming worked well for over a hundred years in Connecticut when responsible routine maintenance by the utility companies has occurred.

The aggressiveness of the ETT/ETR tree removal process will damage the environment and the beauty of our neighborhoods, as well as lower property values in New Haven and all other UI-serviced communities. Lower property values contribute to increased tax mill rates. According to Yale’s Urban Resources Initiative: “Beyond beautification, it is estimated that New Haven's street trees currently save the city about $4 million dollars per year. These savings come through reducing stormwater runoff, improving air quality and public health, and lowering energy bills, among other things.” http://environment.yale.edu/uri/programs/tree-haven/

Please sign this petition as soon as possible to stop UI’s ETT/ETR plans. The Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) will be reviewing UI’s plans on Wednesday, January 29. This petition is a grass-roots effort to complement legislation to protect New Haven’s trees, proposed by Alder Michael Stratton, that will be considered by the Board of Alders on February 3. This petition will be sent to Mayor Toni Harp; President of Board of Alders Jorge Perez; State Representatives Dillon, Walker, Holder-Winfield, Candelaria, Lemar, and Megna; State Senator Looney; Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro; Governor Dan Malloy; PURA Chairman Arthur House; and UIL Holdings CEO James Torgerson.

Details and ongoing responses to the plan can be seen at the PURA site (http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/dockcurr.nsf/(Web+Main+View/All+Dockets)?OpenView&StartKey=12-01-10) as well as the Garden Club of New Haven (http://www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org/); Save Hamden Trees (http://www.savehamdentrees.org); New Haven Independent (http://www.newhavenindependent.org/); New Haven Register (http://www.nhregister.com/); and other news and community organizations.

If you receive this petition after January 29, please sign anyway! This could be a long battle and your support will help! Also, please forward to others. UI-serviced communities, in addition to New Haven, are Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hamden, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven and Woodbridge.

 

The text of the above petition was adapted with permission from a similar petition by Save Hamden Trees. Citizens from other towns and cities in Connecticut are encouraged to do the same!



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