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Governor Calls For More Aggressive Tree Trimming

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says state transportation officials must remove trees, limbs and vegetation near state highways more aggressively following extended power outages triggered by last month’s storm.

The Hartford Courant reports  that a spokesman for the Department of Transportation says the remnants of Hurricane Irene shut as many as 300 state roads due to trees. Fallen trees brought down power lines and delayed repair crews.

Most trees in Connecticut are large because of their advanced age. H. Dennis P. Ryan, an urban forestry professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, says nearly 70 percent of Connecticut’s trees are between 60 and 99 years old.

State regulators authorized Connecticut Light & Power, the state’s largest utility, to spend $19.6 million a year through 2012 on tree trimming.
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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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