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Local lawmakers call for answers into tree clearing at state park

Two local lawmakers are calling for documents in connection with ongoing widespread hazard tree removal at Housatonic Meadows State Park and Housatonic Meadows Campground.  Representative Steve Harding and Senator Craig Miner are ranking members of the legislature's Environment Committee.  They want the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or its contractors to explain why this high-volume hazard tree removal began without any public notice, stakeholder outreach or public hearing.  DEEP has since paused its hazard tree removal, and agreed to hold a virtual public hearing.  DEEP officials say they intend to proceed with the hazard tree removals prior to the hearing.  Miner says they have no plan for replanting, bank stabilization, damage mitigation to endangered species in the area and no plan to mitigate damage and disruption in the area. 

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