Debate heats up in New Canaan over control of personal property

An environmental dispute is heating up between a property owner and a woman in New Canaan after she stopped hired workers from cutting down a historic tree. The 75-year-old pine tree stands 70-feet tall

News 12 Staff

Oct 2, 2006, 1:55 AM

Updated 6,440 days ago

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Debate heats up in New Canaan over control of personal property
An environmental dispute is heating up between a property owner and a woman in New Canaan after she stopped hired workers from cutting down a historic tree.
The 75-year-old pine tree stands 70-feet tall on the corner of Elm Street. The owner of the land across the street planned to cut down the tree because his insurance company was withholding coverage until the tree was cut down. The insurance company believes the tree is dangerous because it stands alone and is reportedly leaning toward the nearby business. The woman reportedly called the police when she realized the workers were going to cut down the tree. She believes it is wrong to cut down a tree for such reasons and thinks the tree is an important part of New Canaan history.The landowner has permission by town zoning and will go ahead with his decision. He also says he expects the woman to reimburse him for the costs of having to hire workers for a second time.


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