Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Desecrating the Landscape

 By Reginald Johnson


  What is with this tree-cutting mania?
   It seems like every week there’s some new example of beautiful old trees being cut down, needlessly.
   In Bridgeport,  a tree cutting company has been busy in recent years going around taking down trees that might in any way pose a danger to nearby utility wires. Maybe in some cases this is necessary, but it seems like all too often, it’s not.
 The latest example of the carnage is up on Madison Avenue near the Trumbull line. A nice row of large pine trees was recently hacked down and now there’s an ugly pile of logs sitting by the side of the road. It is a complete desecration. I don’t know who allowed this to happen, whether it was the city, if the trees were on city property, or if it was the local condo. Whatever the case was, it looks awful. It takes years, sometimes decades, to grow a large tree. It only takes a few minutes with a chainsaw to take one down.  More thought should go into this.

Carnage on Madison Avenue

Oak trees on the Merritt due to be taken down

The Merritt Parkway used to be a very scenic road. Then the state began a massive tree-cutting program

The state Department of Transportation has also been busy felling lovely oaks and maples that line the Merritt Parkway and Wilbur Cross. I guess this is being done to enhance safety and prevent large trees from falling into the roadway during storms. But the program is also going too far and now there are parts of the Merritt and Wilbur Cross that look desolate because so many trees are gone.
These are supposed to be “scenic highways.” Many areas do not look scenic anymore. What a shame.

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