Last Of Trees Damaged By Sandy Being Cleared In Easton

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Downed trees in Easton's Centennial Watershed State Forest from Hurricane Sandy are being shipped to a Canadian saw mill. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind
Approximately 85 percent of the white pines in Easton forests were blown down during Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Aquarion Water Company

EASTON, Conn. – In what may be Easton's final Hurricane Sandy clean-up effort, a half million board feet of downed pine trees on Route 58 is being removed by Carl Clavette Logging.

The removal of trees along Route 58 is scheduled to be completed by the end of January, with Everett Road,  North Park Avenue, Rock House Road and Valley Road scheduled next.

"Eighty five percent of the pine trees in the Centennial Watershed State Forest blew over in the storm and a controlled salvage cut of this type will allow the forest to naturally regenerate itself," said Gary Haines, watershed manager at the Aquarion Water Company. The company is overseeing the removal of the trees with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Nature Conservancy.

Removing the trees, including some standing trees, also reduces the threat of traffic obstruction. "There are trees close to the road and it's necessary to remove them to prevent danger," Haines said. "Old trees damaged by wind will be blown over by the next good wind, and it's too dangerous to leave them by the road."

The trees are being cut and stacked and will be sold to a Canadian saw mill.

“No American mill bid and over 70 tractor loads have headed to the mill so far,” Haines said.

Cynthia Fowx, a Nature Conservancy representative, said removing the downed trees reduces the threat of fires and problems with insects and disease outbreak.

She said no new pine trees will be planted because there are sufficient pine cones to facilitate a natural regeneration. She said new growth will include black birch, sugar maple and hickory oak trees.

Jerry Milne, director of forestry at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, sees a positive coming from the destruction.

“There’s plenty of seed in the ground to germinate new trees," he said, "which will produce a valuable young forest habitat that is lacking in Connecticut.”

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mike_c:

There are no power lines along that section of Black Rock. The power lines stop at 136 and don't start up again until about the area of the dam at the end of the reservoir. So in that area, no power lines were downed by trees, as there were no power lines to be brought down.

sean.armstrong.7359:

Ever wonder how much damage was done by those trees, we in Easton know first hand! Just look around Iwill bet one third of the power lines down were a direct causal effect because the trees were not maintained. I also wonder how long it will be before the utility companys go after these "water shed" companys for their lossed??!!!
Want to see it first hand go to the corner of Rock House Rd. and Valley Road and look twards the forest, south, and what will you see,,,,more trees leaning 6-8 of them halfway blown down that with a good snow will render the people on Rock House Rd. without power and phones AGAIN!!
I personally have called UI 3 times since the huricane and you want to know whats been done? NOTHING!!!! but they still expect uds to pay their bills on time dont they!

sean.armstrong.7359:

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