Eversource plan to clear 48 trees in Darien neighborhood irks some residents

The trees line a right-of-way with high-voltage transmission lines. The notices, which were posted on May 18, give residents 10 days to submit their objections to Town Hall.

News 12 Staff

May 24, 2021, 6:55 PM

Updated 1,099 days ago

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Eversource is set to clear dozens of trees from a Darien neighborhood – a move that is upsetting neighbors.
Notices were posted on 48 trees that line Little Brook Road regarding the utilities’ intention to take them down to prevent blackouts caused by falling branches and limbs.
The trees line a Metro-North right-of-way with high-voltage transmission lines. The notices, which were posted on May 18, give residents 10 days to submit their objections to Town Hall.
Neighbors say Little Brook Road residents planted the five trees at the end of their street 36 years ago, and they've been maintaining them ever since.
Eversource representatives say they've done studies to minimize the environmental impact and they're open to helping to replant more appropriate vegetation.
Residents say trimming these trees instead of removing them will preserve animal habitats and local property values.
“Our real estate and our property values will be impacted, which will impact the town's tax base,” says Natalie Tallis, a resident along the roadway. “You can look at this globally, from a climate change issue, and you can look at it down to individual homeowners. When they wake up in the morning and they walk out onto their lawn…and they can no longer hear the birds."
The removals are part of a larger Eversource trimming project stretching from Westport to Cos Cob. The utility says it regularly clears vegetation up to 100 feet away from its high-voltage structures.


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