Town: Dead and Dying Trees in and Around Waveny To Be Replanted


Painted "Justice for Jennifer" rocks can be seen at the Lapham Road entrance to Waveny. Feb. 16, 2021. Credit: Michael Dinan

Town officials say they’re working with a local environmental organization to secure funds for the replanting of trees in and around Waveny Park.

Planet New Canaan has secured a matching fund grant for the initiative, and the Department of Public Works is also working with the town Conservation Commission on the effort, according to DPW Director Tiger Mann.

Mann told the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting last week that he’s consulted with Tree Warden Bob Horan as to tree species and locations where dead or dying trees are coming down “so as we start to take them down we can replace them.”

“Especially in our parks and in our other areas that might have lost a significant amount of trees due to storm damage and what have you,” Mann said during the meeting, held March 9 via videoconference.

The comments came in response to a question from First Selectman Kevin Moynihan as the Board considered a $20,000 contract for a New Canaan-based company to remove, prune and stump trees at 12 locations around town. Moynihan and Selectmen Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with Mill River Tree Service Inc.

The first selectman asked Mann whether Public Works planned “to get some of those broken trees, or the remnants of old trees, along Waveny’s roads?”

Mann said Mill River bested a quote from another bidding tree company by about $500. 

According to documentation provided by the town, the other locations for tree removal are:

  • 57 Laurel Road (remove sugar maple and ash trees)
  • Corner of Parade Hill Road and Hampton Lane (remove dying fir and small oak trees)
  • Opposite 229 Valley Road (remove two ash trees and a small maple)
  • Near Silver Hill Hospital (remove an ash tree)
  • 92 Valley Road (remove four dying ash trees and a decayed maple and grind stumps)
  • Mead Park exit (remove decayed white pine and grind stump)
  • 38 Nursery Road (remove ash tree)
  • 12 Nursery Road (remove white pine)
  • 37 Overlook Drive (remove cedar tree)
  • 41-43 Cross St. (prune large elm tree)
  • 893 North Wilton Road (remove five ash trees and grind stumps)
  • 921 North Wilton Road (remove dying sugar maple and grind stump)

One thought on “Town: Dead and Dying Trees in and Around Waveny To Be Replanted

  1. The dog park lost a nice big tree recently that provided needed shade in the summer—the dogs and their people would appreciate one to replace it. Do you know whom should be contacted regarding this?

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