PURA Issues Final Decision on Tree Trimming by Utilities

By Eric Hammerling

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has issued its Final Decision on its Investigation into the Tree Trimming Practices of Utilities.  To read the decision, select here.

There are several questions that are discussed in this important decision, such as:

Goodwin Master Naturalist Program A Success!

Rapid Bio-Assessment exercise at the Natchaug River in the Natchaug State Forest.By Emma Lorusso

Students taking the Master Naturalist class at the Goodwin Conservation Center just finished their six formal classes at the Center.  This is the first of two parts of the Master Naturalist Course developed and piloted at Goodwin in 2014 by locally known Naturalist Juan Sanchez.

Gov. Malloy Vetoes Tree Liability Bill, Signs Good Tree Mgt + State Lands Protection Bills

By Eric Hammerling

Great news!  In response to many calls and emails from CFPA supporters and partners, Governor Malloy has vetoed HB 5220, a poorly crafted bill that could have pitted neighbors against each other in litigious squabbles over trees.  We will work with the Governor and legislators to come up with a better solution in the future than was proposed in this bill.

IT’S NOT SAFER INDOORS: Naming and Dealing with Risks in Nature

By Lori Paradis Brant

“Unlike television, nature does not steal time, it amplifies it. Nature offers healing…
reinterprets fantasies…inspires creativity. In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy…”

—Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder

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