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Tree Board Created by New Canaan Town Council

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Since taking the tree warden position last year, Bruce Pauley has said his office could use a little help. “I know a lot about trees, but I’m only one guy,” Pauley told the Town Council on Wednesday. “And I won’t be here forever.”

Pauley will finally get some extra hands. Councilors voted Wednesday to approve the creation of a town tree board. The five-member group, which will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, will assist Pauley in creating an inventory of trees, a tree management plan and recommend policies and procedures for selecting contractors.

Pauley, who was named tree warden in November 2011, said trees management must change. The tree board, he said, will help him to plan where future trees can be planted and identify possible problems trees.

The new tree board will manage only trees on public property, he said, such as those lining streets in the downtown area.

Skip Hobbs, who served on a tree committee, said tree management is a big issue that can’t be ignored, especially trees knocked down in storms earlier in the year took out power lines and caused lengthy power outages and dangerous situations on town roads. “I don’t want this as an intrusive form of bureaucratic government,” he said. “We need a management plan.”

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