[CT Birds] Damaged Tree at Hammonasst

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 22:34:38 EDT 2016

A birder asked me to inquire about the dead tree that was damaged near the
East Beach Parking Lot at Hammonasset.  I received the following reply from
Tom Tyler, Director of Parks and Recreation.  I'm posting to the list just
in case some of the rest of us wondered about this.

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tyler, Tom <Tom.Tyler at ct.gov>
Date: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: Question about rules at Hammonasset
To: Kathy Van Der Aue <kathyvda at gmail.com>, "Whalen, Susan" <
Susan.Whalen at ct.gov>, "Mattioli, William" <William.Mattioli at ct.gov>

Hi Kathy,

The dead tree was further damaged in the storm winds last weekend, and
given its proximity to the parking lot, it was removed by staff before more
dead branches could fall near the public.

As you may know, a number of trees were damaged in that storm at
Hammonasset Beach, including one that fell on campers in the campground,
causing injuries.  While we do not generally remove standing dead trees
that are away from heavy publicly used areas in our parks and forests, we
do remove hazardous trees and limbs that are in developed areas, to reduce
the threat.

Let me know if that helps?



Thomas J. Tyler
State Parks and Public Outreach Division
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106

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