The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 4, 2003


Who tied the orange ribbons on the trees?

Last week the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) heard from Calvin Layton, senior arborist for NStar, and the man responsible for all the ribbons tied around Carlisle's roadside trees. Layton was accompanied by Nicole Sullivan, his assistant and the person who does most of the door-knocking and ribbon-tying.

Layton said NStar's purpose is to increase the reliability of the electric system in town and, since trees account for 25% of all electrical outages, the place to start is with the trees. NStar's program has three major emphases: standard trimming, hazard tree mitigation, and removal of trees growing under NStar lines. He and Sullivan pick out the trees that need to be removed, flag them, meet with the abutters and then have a hearing. The company can and does respond immediately if there is a hazard. NStar chips the cut trees and branches and removes the rest, but will leave the tree for wood burning if the landowner requests this.

The project is ecologically friendly; Layton said he would probably leave a tree with a nest in it and return after the nesting season. NStar would also delay mowing during nesting season.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito