At the last meeting, this Commission directed the homeowner at 72 Little Fox Run to plant 1” diameter oak or hickory trees to replace the ones that he cut in the open space. The homeowner has been having trouble finding oaks or hickories. He’s tried seven different places. He’s being told it’s mostly due to the season, and that they expect to have oaks and hickories next spring, but also there are shortages due to covid. They do have red maples and pine in stock. The homeowner is looking for guidance. I believe it’s in the public interest to plant pine trees there near the trail. It would make the trail more enjoyable for hikers. By the way, the area was not clear cut, so there are still trees, just not as many as before. Some of the trees cut were hickory and others were black birch. Pine would add variety to the location.
Natural Resources Manager
City of Shelton
54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484
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Many of the trees were black birch, so no nuts. Pines provide critical shelter in the winter. And pinecones have seeds, a source of food. Planting pines would increase the biodiversity in this area. There are already a lot of hickories on that ridge.
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