Young appointed to Wilton Tree Committee

Wilton resident Kimberly Young will soon become the newest member of the Wilton Tree Committee after being endorsed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 13, and appointed by the Board of Selectmen on Nov. 19.

Young was asked to join the tree committee by one of its members, said former tree committee chair Kate Throckmorton, whose own term ended in October.

“Knowing her background and environmental expertise, we knew she was a good fit,” said Throckmorton.

Young will fill one of the openings on the committee following the terming-out of tree committee members Nick Lee and Bill Meehan. Suzanne Knutson is also in the process of being appointed to the committee, said tree committee member Jackie Algon.

Young, a former Conservation Commission member, is a Wilton Garden Club member and specialist in wildlife biology and ornithology. Knutson is the president of the Wilton Garden Club and she served on the subcommittee for the tree-clearing during the widening of Route 7.

The Wilton Tree Committee approved both Young and Knutson to serve on the committee during its Nov. 7 meeting. Each nomination requires the approval of the town commission the prospective committee member would represent, said Algon.

The tree committee is “different from many other commissions,” said Throckmorton, in that four of its appointees are appointed by the first selectman, two are appointed by the Conservation Commission, and one is appointed by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“There are now four openings on the tree committee, said Algon. “We lost three members due to term limits and already had one position vacant … We’ll still have two open position if Young and Knutson are both approved.”

Throckmorton said Young will officially become a Wilton Tree Committee member once she is sworn in at the town clerk’s office.