Are You Concerned About Stratford’s Tree Management?

Learn About Urban Forestry

Thursday, October 13th at 6 p.m.
Friday, October 14th at 11 a.m.
Birdseye Complex, Room 110

Concerned Citizens on Stratford’s tree management. Hear what the Town’s position is on the 100 trees they have pledged to plant in Stratford, funded by the Connecticut Urban Forestry Council (CUFC).

Learn about Urban Forestry, where we stand, and what we can do better.

Town of Stratford:
Tree Canopy In Chapter 200-Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vegetation, of the Town of Stratford the statutes call on the Town to promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the residents by providing for the regulation of the planting, maintenance, protection and removal of trees, shrubs and woody vegetation within the Town of Stratford.

The Town of Stratford is to “Recognize and appreciate that trees produce oxygen, capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide air purification, prevent soil erosion, control flooding, assist in water purification, contribute to the quality of life by providing cooling shade, provide habitat for wildlife, reduce noise levels, and aesthetically enhance the landscape.”

“Preserve and protect trees and their canopies as an important environmental and cultural resource that enhances the Town of Stratford’s natural character and heritage.”

“Protect the people in the Town of Stratford from personal injury and property damage caused by the improper planting, maintenance, protection or removal of trees, shrubs and woody vegetation located on Town-owned property.”

“Protect property values by maintaining a healthy and vigorous community forest.”

Lofty ideas and goals that would enhance our community and improve our economic viability. – If only the Town of Stratford lived up to and enforced their own statutes.

Below are a few examples of the town’s incoherent strategy to date:
“Preserve and protect trees and their canopies as an important environmental and cultural resource that enhances the Town of Stratford’s natural character and heritage.”

• Stratford Forward last Summer did a survey and found over 70 stumps or empty tree sites on Main Street from East Broad to Lordship. No new plantings.
• This year, with the town assuming ownership of the Rebecca Bunnell House (next to Sterling House) we witnessed devastation of another landmark. Denuding the space and leaving a bare house.
• Shakespeare Park
• Teakwood Estates

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