Connecticut utility company tree clearing practices discussed at Hartford environmental summit

A push by state utility companies to clear thousands of trees across Connecticut will be discussed in Hartford today during an environmental summit.
The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters held the 2023 Environmental Summit Tuesday at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. 
Members of the group say the number of trees felled by Eversource along quiet, tree-lined streets and other areas is estimated to be 20,000 trees a year.
The organization says the tree-cutting has been going on in areas including Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
Eversource says its practice is necessary and while trees of many types and sizes enhance the region's beauty, they can also cause problems when they grow too close or fall into power lines.
Eversource adds damaged trees cause up to 90% of power outages during storms.