Support new tree bill- Revised Bill #5150

Dear Tree Supporters,

 

Upset about the tree cutting on the Merritt and other Connecticut state roads and highways?  Take action NOW to change the process!

Your help is needed NOW to get Raised Bill No.5150 passed in the state House. Once it is passed in the House it can move to the state Senate to be voted on.

The revised Bill  focuses on two issues:

(1) require the State Department of Transportation to develop and share its plan for any future work on major state roads such as the Merritt Parkway and I-91.  DOT must detail the proposed areas scheduled for tree removal, the timetable for the work, the amount of funds the Department of Transportation has allocated for such work, and the distance the Department of Transportation intends to clear in proposed areas.  The  proposed work plan also needs to be reviewed and signed by a licensed  arborist.

(2) require utility companies that plan tree management in any town to provide – at the start of each year — a plan showing the roads and areas where the work is planned and the proposed schedule.  The plan must be provided to the town tree warden or chief elected official.  Each town must make the plan publicly and keep such plan publicly available for the remainder of the calendar year.

Please contact Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (brendan.sharkey@cga.ct.gov) and President Pro Tem of the Senate, Martin Looney (send email to: Kaitlin.Faticoni@cga.ct.gov) and ask them to support Raised Bill No.5150, authored by Hamden State Representative Michael D’Agostino:  AN ACT CONCERNING TREE REMOVAL ALONG STATE HIGHWAYS AND CLEAN-UP BY PUBLIC UTILITY CORPORATIONS FOLLOWING CERTAIN TREE REMOVAL.

Call upon them to support this important revised Bill.  Feel free to add your personal thoughts in your  email.

 

This is a SIMPLE but CRUCIAL action you can take to make a BIG difference in protecting Connecticut’s treescape.  Please send this email ASAP and share with your friends and family!

 

Thanks very much!

Hamden Alliance for Trees (HAT)