One bright spot about last year’s storm

I’d been thinking the same thing but here’s an expert’s opinion: Greenwich meteorologist Bill Evans says last year’s nor’easter took down a lot of weakened trees that might otherwise have fallen this past Sunday. Using that same theory, if Katia does hit us next week, she’ll have even less material to work on. Keep this up and, while we may resemble Little House on the Prairie, we’ll escape hurricane damage for years.

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17 responses to “One bright spot about last year’s storm

  1. Walt

    Dude -
    Bright spot? You want a bright spot? Look in my skivvies for a skid mark I have been carrying around since Sunday. That’s a bright spot. Where ther frig is CLP? Cos Cob has power and I don’t? What is up with that? Ghetto blasters run on batteries, right?
    Do me a favor and call them. The good news is I look good with a beard. I can go incognito at CVS. I think the counter girls were catching on to me. Need any conditioner? I can pick you some up.
    Your Pal,
    Walt.

  2. Urbane Forester

    We could also adopt a rational urban forestry policy that would use something more artful and considerate than a tropical storm to make those decisions.

    In the meantime respect for the present tree warden, and the difficult balancing act assigned to him, might be a good interim step.

    Then the Town and Aquarion could work together to establish Town Forests.

  3. Greenwich Old Timer

    Part of the charm of our neighborhood (Stanwich Lane) is the number of large, old trees on the street (we have a virtual Nottingham Forest in back of our house). We have been extremely lucky not to have lost power in recent storms, and we credit the Town as well as CLP for its diligent tree-trimming work in our area. Several large trees did come down in the March tornado-like storm (one crushed our pickup which we had left in the driveway), but only large branches this time. Sorry for all of you who have been out of power for so long.

  4. anonymous2

    I’ve been thinking along the same line as Evans. On my dead-end street of less than a dozen houses not far from Old Stonebridge the nor’easter left four or five large trees blocking the street and it took a week to see them removed. Then six weeks ago a thunderstorm sent a huge bough down on the power lines pulling the wires off most of the power poles on the street. That was fixed in five hours.

    This time? Nothing on this street. The nearest tree/powerline collision was a 10-minute walk from the house. Power and Cablevision came back at 10.30 pm Monday.

  5. Cos Cobber

    While on the topic of trees, prior to the storm, it seemed to me that the town is losing a disproportionate number of medium and large trees these days.

    Over the summer, I noticed alot of trees all around town that seem to have died; particularly between late July and mid August. Mostly maples and what I believe are elm trees. These are very mature trees that sudden go kaput, with all the leaves dying.

    Alien bugs to blame? hot dry July weather? disease? or just the usual causalities of the cycle of life?

    • CC, Dutch Elm disease wiped out most elms decades ago but the disease is still around and killing the few that are left. Sugar maples – where we get our syrup, have been hit with their own blight and now some asian beetle is killing ash trees,, so yes, you’d expect to see a number of beautiful species (are trees species? Whatever) go down.

  6. Cos Cobber

    I’m familiar with Dutch elm disease. I thought what was left was a quasi resistent hybrid elm. In any event, it seems like between the storms and the diseases the wonderful green canopy in this town is eroding faster than its being replaced. I see the town of greenwich has been pretty aggressive in planting new trees at the various parks around town. I hope the tree replacement can continue with some increased vigilience. We all could do our part too by taking the time to find a place on our property to plant new hardwoods. The town has plenty of flowering trees, we need more of those tall hardwoods.

    Btw, I dont think we need clear cutting rules and regs. What we need instead is peer pressure and a little extra effort to encourage people to plant new hardwoods.

  7. Urbane Forester

    Cos Cobber-

    This encouragement you speak of is called “forestry.”

    It was invented by the French and brought here by an Exeter/Yale 1889/Skull and Bones grad named Pinchot about 1900 in response to the clear-cut and move-on libertarians and free-market guys with axes and saws.

    He founded the PA Dept of Forests and Waters, and went on to serve as Governor there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifford_Pinchot

  8. Cos Cobber

    Nope, actually I’m just interested in encouraging people to take the time to invest in hardwood trees for their neighborhood. Not interested in mandating anything by reg or law, just would encourage people to take a look around and see if they have room for a $10 sapling or a $300 baby maple, dont care which, just take a moment this fall to plant a real tree.

  9. Cos Cobber

    On second look, perhaps I was too quick to dismiss Pinchot. Very interesting man. Thanks Urban Forester for the link.

  10. Urbane Forester

    His Grey Towers home on the Delaware River is just off I-84 as you enter PA.

    It is about 2 hours from here, and is worth a visit.

  11. Urbane Forester

    Cos Cobber -

    You mixed us up. Urban Forester lives in Cos Cob and drives a red pick-up.

    I am strictly 5th Avenue.

  12. Fred2

    Yeah,in the late 1800, early 1900′s North Americans suddenly realized they could in fact cut trees faster than they could regenerate.

    There was a big city beautiful movement around Chicago, that basically bought all the land for parks and preserves that exist today, and planned out that sort of thing ,and planted many many 1000′s of trees.

    A reaction to filth and grey urban horror of early Chicago (And New York).

    The Urban forestry stuff seems to have fallen to the side in many cities,

  13. MC

    In the 1880′s there were few trees in Greenwich. And the Norway Maple, which has become the dominant species, is an invasive plant that should be removed from N America.

  14. AnotherAnon

    Not sure if you’re following up on the various stories of CL&P incompetency, but I spoke to a nice young man from a Michigan tree crew this morning who said he had been sitting around for 2 hours waiting for CL&P to cut power to the line so he could remove a fallen tree in my neighborhood. Six hours later, the crew is gone and the tree is still there, so I guess CL&P never got around to it, despite sending the out-of-town crew to the site in the first place. With this kind of waste of manpower it’s no wonder things are progressing as slowly as they are. I have sympathy for the scale of the problem, but a little more efficiency would make a big difference.

  15. networthdeclining

    I believe Fred is onto the point. Most of our trees in town were planted or allowed to flourish after the turn of the century. Many of these trees are reaching the end of their expected lifespan of 70-100 years. I’m not sure what can be done proactively about the older trees ather than aggressive trimming, but replacing them with new is worthy.