Tree-removal project moves ahead

If Hurricane Sandy was a nightmare for you and your household, imagine being the man responsible for every tree in town.

Paul Young, Wilton's tree warden, is assigned to direct Department of Public Works officials to prioritize tree clean-up and restoration jobs.

"We never really finished the cleanup of 2011 [following Tropical Storm Irene]," he said. "We have this situation pretty well under control."

Some areas are "much more severe" than others, and Mr. Young expects the task of recovering fallen foliage to take about 6 months to a year.

Although the chief priorities for Wilton have been clearing the roadways and restoring power, it is also very important to plant trees that are less apt to overwhelm power lines, Mr. Young said.

Norway spruces and white pines — both of which are typically tall, broad and heavy (most likely to snap) — were Sandy's most common victim, according to Mr. Young.

A more practical roadside tree is the native dogwood, which is less likely to fall and cut power, or pose a threat to drivers and passersby.

Mr. Young has also been assigned to draft monthly report on which trees need to be worked on, and the Department of Public Works will be the primary force tasked to remove fallen trees from yards, roadways and forests.

The department is open from Monday through Friday, 830 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information:; 203-563-0152.