Norwalk Named Tree City USA For 10th Year

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NORWALK, Conn. - The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Norwalk as a “Tree City USA”  for the 10th consecutive year and acknowledged the city with a distinctive Growth Award for the eighth time.

The honors are reserved for communities across the U.S. that are committed to urban forestry and higher levels of tree care and innovation.

In Connecticut, fewer than 20 of the state’s 169 municipalities qualify for the “Tree City” designation and only two—Norwalk and Wethersfield--have been accredited for the growth distinction this year.

Qualifications are reviewed by the Forestry Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and State Forester Chris Donnelly.

Norwalk’s validation has been nourished by an active and strategic tree planting initiative over the years and creative approaches to advancing the tree canopy and environment like the Connecticut Tree Festival, which unfolds Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cranbury Park, 300 Grumman Ave., rain or shine.

The Connecticut Tree Festival meanwhile is a family funfest that combines educational exhibits that affirm the value of trees as community assets and tree care demonstrations with activities like rides in cherry-picker and a rope climb to the treetops for youngsters. Everything is free from admission to parking to picnic-style lunch to chances on door prizes.

In addition, the nonprofit Norwalk Tree Alliance maintains an inventory of notable trees citywide and has established Fairfield County’s first municipal tree farm at Fodor Farm to raise native species for parks and city property.

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Looks like this award was bestowed before CL&P went to work hacking the trees around the power lines up and down Partrick Rd and Wolfpit Ave. Not sure you can say the work they are doing falls under the following description:

"communities across the U.S. that are committed to urban forestry and higher levels of tree care and innovation."

"Tree care" probably means correctly trimming trees rather then what CL&P has done. They have topped the tree, not cutting them to the ground or trimming them correctly. The debris has been left all along the side of the roads and in people's yards.

If I had know how inexperienced their tree care "experts" were, I would have declined for them to touch any of ours. Now the stumps that are 20 ft high and large chunks of wood are left to have vines overtake them and making the sides of the road look like some maniac went after them with a chain saw.